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Stormy Crossing (1958)

Two swimmers are attempting to swim across the English Channel when one of them disappears. The other swimmer is convinced that it was no accident, and insists on investigating himself, ... See full summary »


C.M. Pennington-Richards (as C. Pennington Richards)


Brock Williams (screenplay), Sid Harris (from the original story "Black Tide") | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ireland ... Griff Parker
Derek Bond ... Paul Seymour
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Bill Harris
Maureen Connell ... Shelley Baxter
Sheldon Lawrence Sheldon Lawrence ... Danny Parker
Joy Webster ... Kitty Tyndall
John Horsley ... Inspector Parry
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Doctor
Arthur Lowe ... Garage Owner
John Schlesinger ... Mechanic
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... First Nurse (as Anita Sharp Bolster)
Patricia Ellis Patricia Ellis ... Second Nurse
Jack Taylor Jack Taylor ... Navigator
Reginald Hearne Reginald Hearne ... Sergeant Masters (as Reggie Hearne)
Graham Stewart Graham Stewart ... Bob McEwan


Two swimmers are attempting to swim across the English Channel when one of them disappears. The other swimmer is convinced that it was no accident, and insists on investigating himself, even though the police do not believe him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

August 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Tide See more »

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Tempean Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Rockett was a talented swimmer who was proud to be one of only nine swimmers to finish the First Daily Mail International Channel Race on 22nd August 1950. Rockett was also the first British person in the race to arrive back in the UK. See more »


Obvious stunt double for John Ireland (Griff Parker) in the fight with Derek Bond (Paul Seymour). See more »

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Sam Rockett receives an 'introducing' credit. See more »


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Decent Suspense With An Interesting Setting
8 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Black Tide", also called "Stormy Crossing", is a decent mystery/suspense story with an interesting setting. While the story itself is fairly routine, the setting and some likeable characters make it worth watching.

The story takes place in Dover (England). As it begins, two swimmers are in training for an attempt to swim across the English Channel - Danny, an experienced swimmer trained by his brother Griff, and Kitty, a model and amateur swimmer, backed by a separate group. They decide to make their attempt together, but things go very wrong. Danny is convinced that what happened was no accident, and he tries to investigate despite the fact that no one else believes him.

The events that follow are not too surprising, and sometimes predictable, but the story keeps the viewer's interest once it gets going. It's a mostly plausible story, and it is helped by some other positive features.

The channel/seacoast setting is an interesting one that works well for this kind of story, and it is nicely done. You do feel as if you are there at the Channel, with the mist, the birds, and the current. There are also a couple pretty likeable characters: John Ireland is good as Griff, and Maureen Connell is good as the young hotel manager. Danny, though, is not a very good character - pretty much a stereotyped indignant, headstrong young man. Overall, the positives outweigh the weaknesses.

Most fans of mystery or suspense films should find this worth a look.

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