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Journey into Fear

Journey into Fear

Norman Foster, Orson Welles (1942)

PG Certificate


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Adapted from a rousing thriller novel by Eric Ambler, this is often identified as Orson Welles's third feature film, though he claimed to have acted only as co-writer (with star Joseph Cotten) and producer. (Norman Foster, a veteran of the Mr Moto and Charlie Chan mysteries was credited as director). Logic takes something of a back seat in this sometimes bewildering tale of espionage in Turkey during the Second World War, in which Cotten plays a US Navy engineer pursued by Nazi agents. The narrative shortcomings suggest studio interference, but are more than made up for by the atmospheric camera angles - Welles's claims aside, the film bears all the hallmarks of his directing style - and the gallery of disreputable characters. It doesn't matter if you get lost along the way, just hang on for the fabulous finale.


An American engineer based in Turkey discovers he has been marked for death by the Gestapo, and flees the country on a steam ship. However, he finds out the Nazis have agents on board the vessel, leaving him with nowhere to hide. Espionage drama based on Eric Ambler's novel, starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles and Dolores Del Rio.

Cast & Crew

Howard Graham Joseph Cotten
Colonel Haki Orson Welles
Josette Martel Dolores Del Rio
Stephanie Graham Ruth Warrick
Mrs Mathews Agnes Moorehead
Kopeikin Everett Sloane
Banat Jack Moss
Gogo Jack Durant
Dr Haller Eustace Wyatt
Mathews Frank Readick
Oo Lang Sang, magician Hans Conried
Ship's captain Richard Bennett (1)
Director Norman Foster
Director Orson Welles
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD


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