Journey Into Fear

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  • Thrillers
'Designed' rather than directed by Welles, though you wouldn't care to bet on it as things get under way with the camera craning up to a sleazy window in Istanbul and peering in - as a tinny gramophone with a stuck needle maddeningly grinds out the same phrase - for its first glimpse of the slug-like babyfaced killer played (brilliantly) by Jack Moss. Thereafter, with Cotten on the run from Gestapo agents and Welles having fun in the first of his monster roles as the Turkish chief of secret police (he directed all his own scenes), the tone veers through nightmare chases, bizarre encounters, and deflating jokes. Eminently watchable, but it does tail away.

Release details

Duration: 69 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Norman Foster
Screenwriter: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles
Cast: Joseph Cotten
Dolores Del Rio
Orson Welles
Everett Sloane
Agnes Moorehead
Ruth Warrick
Jack Moss
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Bill

Yet another wooden performance by Joseph Cotten. Wells is amusing in an exaggerated performance.

Bill

Yet another wooden performance by Joseph Cotten. Wells is amusing in an exaggerated performance.