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Ministry of Fear (1944)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 February 1945 (Sweden)
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.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Graham Greene (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Espions sur la Tamise See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character name "Hilfe" is also the German word for "help." See more »

Goofs

The way that cake box was flung around and handled, the cake would have been crumbled and in clumps when he got it out to serve to the blind man on the train. At least, most of the frosting would have been stuck to the inside of the box. See more »

Quotes

Willi Hilfe: We thought you'd been killed.
Stephen Neale: Not quite.
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Solid film noir
3 January 2004 | by KillerCadugenSee all my reviews

Although the script may have been a little uneven (and I have no idea how it relates to the book by Graham Greene), but for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning this was some good noir fun. Hints of Hitchcock lent a creepiness to the atmosphere. Things were also somewhat unpredictable, which is important for any mystery. Nicely done.


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