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Journey Into Fear (1942)

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

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Cast

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Josette Martel (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Mrs. Stephanie Graham
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Mrs. Mathews
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Gogo Martel
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Kopeikin
Eustace Wyatt ...
Prof. Haller / Muller
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Matthews
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Kuvetli
Jack Moss ...
Peter Banat
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Translator for Ship's Captain
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Swami Magician
Robert Meltzer ...
Ship Baggageman
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Ship's Captain
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Storyline

A Navy engineer, returning to the U.S. with his wife from a conference, finds himself pursued by Nazi agents, who are out to kill him. Without a word to his wife, he flees the hotel the couple is staying in and boards a ship, only to find, after the ship sails, that the agents have followed him. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Welles and Del Rio together! as Terror Man vs. Leopard Woman--for possession of a mysterious stranger in the powder-keg Middle East...a man with a military secret worth more than his love and his life!...It's menace melodrama thrilled with mighty mystery and suspense...SEE IT!


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Release Date:

12 February 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Jornada do Medo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although many critics and biographers have spoken about a narration in the film, and also about a sequence before the opening credits, the version which has always been shown on British television has neither of these things. See more »

Goofs

At c.33 minutes we see the ship's first aid cabinet on the wall of the captain's berth marked with a Red Cross symbol. In a Turkish ship the marking would be a Red Crescent (or, commonly, a Red Cross and a Red Crescent side by side) but never solely a Red Cross motif. See more »

Quotes

Kopeikin: [Seeing Graham off at dockside] Oh, by the way, have you a gun in your luggage?
Howard Graham: I haven't any luggage!
Kopeikin: Then, uh, you better take this. I picked it up on the way to see your wife. It is completely loaded.
[Pulls out a loaded revolver and hands it to Graham]
Howard Graham: Well, I don't need this!
Kopeikin: Put it in your pocket. It will make you feel nicer to have it.
Howard Graham: I never fired one of these things, you know?
Kopeikin: [laughs] That's a good one, Howard... You're a ballistics expert, and you never fired a gun!
Howard Graham: Well, I just never ...
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Referenced in What's Up, Doc? (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
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Wartime noir thriller with Cotten and Welles
5 March 2006 | by (The New Intangible College) – See all my reviews

Wartime noir crafted from an Eric Ambler thriller, with a screenplay by lead actor Joseph Cotton with Orson Welles, and the influence of Orson Welles is everywhere. He produced and designed the film, and speculation is that he lost control at some point in the production, that RKO brought in another director to take over the project, and that extreme cuts were made. The run time is very short, just 68 minutes. Character development (other than Cotten as protagonist) seems spotty and and events seem to accelerate in the last third of the film, an acceleration not explained by the escalating excitement of the story-line. Nonetheless, the film works as a splendid admixture of wartime intrigue and film noir, and bears the mark of Welles's vision, the strong camera angles, the shadowy sets, the large and small spaces, the cutting. Cotten is fine as Howard Graham, a naval engineer whose assistance to the Turkish navy the Nazis would like to cut short. The plot has a many intricacies and concealed identities, but the strongest character by far is the Turkish head of intelligence, Col. Haki, played by Welles as a powerful, shrewd, smart man with a trace of self-mocking humour. The propaganda function of the film—including its indirect persuasion directed to the U.S. about joining the effort to defeat the Nazis—is very well handled.


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