Journey Into Fear

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Spy

Sure it says "directed by Norman Foster," but don't let that fool you, this is an Orson Welles film all the way. Welles is listed as producer, his Mercury Players fill the cast, his then-companion Del Rio is in the lead, and he cowrote the screenplay with Joseph Cotten. The result is a strange, obsessive and often brilliant film, much of which takes place...read more

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Sure it says "directed by Norman Foster," but don't let that fool you, this is an Orson Welles film all the way. Welles is listed as producer, his Mercury Players fill the cast, his then-companion Del Rio is in the lead, and he cowrote the screenplay with Joseph Cotten. The result is a

strange, obsessive and often brilliant film, much of which takes place aboard a dilapidated freighter.

Howard Graham (Cotten) is a US Navy engineer who is to return to the US with his beautiful wife Stephanie (Warrick) after a business conference in Istanbul. Graham soon realizes that someone is trying to kill him and is taken by Turkish agent Kopeikin (Sloane) to secret police headquarters where

intelligence chief Haki (Welles) explains that Nazi agents are after him.

JOURNEY INTO FEAR is a wonderfully murky study of espionage, realistically portrayed in all its mayhem and confusion, one spy not really knowing what the other spy is up to, but operating on instinct to get results. Cotten's quiet, unassuming part is so well played that the viewer gets frustrated

at his inability to either act or even think clearly. A visually arresting film with a nod to the quirky that just can't be beat in terms of the bizarre.

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