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Journey into Fear

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1942
  • Norman Foster
  • 67 mins
  • PG

Summary

Spy drama starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Howard Graham, a munitions expert with an American armaments company, is enjoying a brief stay in Istanbul. Following an attempt on his life by an enemy agent, he is urged by Colonel Haki, head of the secret police, to escape from Turkey.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Howard GrahamJoseph Cotten
Colonel HakiOrson Welles
Josette MartelDolores Del Rio
Stephanie GrahamRuth Warrick
Mrs MathewsAgnes Moorehead
KopeikinEverett Sloane
BanatJack Moss
GogoJack Durant
Dr HallerEustace Wyatt
MathewsFrank Readick
Oo Lang Sang, magicianHans Conried
Ship's captainRichard Bennett (1)

Crew

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DirectorNorman Foster
DirectorOrson Welles

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English | German | French | Turkish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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