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Ministry of Fear (1944)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1944 (USA)
Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.



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Complete credited cast:
Carla Hilfe
Willi Hilfe
Mrs. Bellane #2
Percy Waram ...
Inspector Prentice
Cost / Travers the Tailor
Dr. JM Forrester
George Rennit


Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know who to turn to. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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October 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Espions sur la Tamise  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Dan Duryea rarely played foreigners like Cost, but usually played gangsters or outlaws like Waco Johnny Dean in Winchester 73. See more »


Willi Hilfe: We thought you'd been killed.
Stephen Neale: Not quite.
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Thrilling WW II suspense yarn
25 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland is brilliant in this story of a man whose troubles just begin when he is released from an asylum. The suspense is so thick it can be cut with a knife and the supporting cast is excellent in this innocent-man-caught-up-in-espionage classic. The photographic shadings are also just right. And remember, the cake is made with real eggs.

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