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Ministry of Fear -- 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.
Ministry of Fear -- 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.


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Seton I. Miller (screenplay)
Graham Greene (novel)
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Release Date:
16 October 1944 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Milland ... Stephen Neale
Marjorie Reynolds ... Carla Hilfe
Carl Esmond ... Willi Hilfe

Hillary Brooke ... Mrs. Bellane #2
Percy Waram ... Inspector Prentice

Dan Duryea ... Cost / Travers the Tailor

Alan Napier ... Dr. JM Forrester
Erskine Sanford ... George Rennit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Tailor's Delivery Man (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Old Lady at Charity Bazaar (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Evelyn Beresford ... Fat Lady at Charity Bazaar (uncredited)
Arthur Blake ... Man (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Official, Ministry of Home Security (uncredited)
George Broughton ... Man in Tailor's Shop (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Porter (uncredited)
Bruce Carruthers ... Police Clerk (uncredited)
David Clyde ... English Bobby (uncredited)
Anne Curson ... Lady with Children (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Vicar (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Railroad Agent (uncredited)
Aminta Dyne ... Mrs. Bellane #1 - Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Martha Penteel (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Ministry Executive (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Newby (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Mrs. Merrick - Hilfe's Secretary (uncredited)
Grayce Hampton ... Lady with Floppy Hat (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Tailor's Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Scotland Yard Man Finding Cake Box (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ... Man (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Lady Purchaser of Cake (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Mr. Newland - Bookseller (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Norton at Lembridge Asylum (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Man in Tailor's Shop (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Woman at Admission Gate (uncredited)
Jessica Newcombe ... Cake Booth Lady (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Guest at Seance (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Maid for Mrs. Bellane #2 (uncredited)
Edmond Russell ... Unspecified Role (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Man Answering Rennit's Knock (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
Eustace Wyatt ... Blind Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Seton I. Miller (screenplay)

Graham Greene (novel)

Produced by
Seton I. Miller .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Robb .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Templeton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
W.C. Smith .... sound recordist
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lester Sharpe .... coach: Austrian accent (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
86 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2007) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9511) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Dr. JM Forrester's book is "The Psychoanalysis of Nazidom".See more »
Stephen Neale:Mr. Travers is quite put out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Quinta colonna" (1966)See more »


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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Good Wartime Film Noir, 21 September 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With an interesting story and good atmospheric settings, "Ministry of Fear" is a good film noir that most fans of the genre should find worth watching. Ray Milland is very good as a man battling a recent personal tragedy, who must then also try to sort out a series of mysterious and hazardous events in which he has suddenly become involved.

There are a lot of characters, and the story gets a bit complicated at times, making use of the W.W.II setting while introducing some quirky elements which generally come across pretty well. There are also a couple of good surprises, and for most of the way you have to guess along with Milland's character as to what will happen next. As with most such films, you must occasionally suspend disbelief, but that does not really detract from the atmosphere and tension.

If you enjoy film noir and/or thrillers, give this one a try. It's not one of the best of its genre, but it moves quickly and works well, at least as light entertainment.

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