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Journey Into Fear (1942) Poster

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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.
When production on Journey Into Fear began, co-stars Orson Welles and Dolores del Rio had been having an affair for several years. Del Rio ended the relationship shortly after the film's release.
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In late August 1942, RKO decided to delay the release of the movie because critics panned it in press previews. By that time, Orson Welles' contract was terminated by a new studio head. As part of the settlement, Welles agreed to edit the last reel and film additional scenes. He added the voice-over by Joseph Cotten throughout the movie, and designed the sequence before the credits.
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It is widely believed that Orson Welles directed this film, or at least large portions of it. However, in "This Is Orson Welles", he states he only acted in it and the directing credit should go to Norman Foster.
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Ben Hecht was slated to script the film and David Hempstead to produce. Hempstead originally wanted Fred Astaire to play the lead, but later considered Robert Montgomery and Fred MacMurray.
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At one point, Michèle Morgan was to star and Robert Stevenson to direct.
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The film's editor, Mark Robson, went on to direct Peyton Place (1957). Coincidentally, Ruth Warrick, who plays Stephanie Graham, would later star in the television version of the film, Peyton Place (1964).
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Ruth Warrick played the wife of the main character, Howard Graham, in this film. She had also acted as the main character's wife in another film that was directed by Orson Welles and in which he acted, Citizen Kane (1941). Previous to that, she had worked with Welles on the radio in Mercury Theater of the Air.
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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