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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Stephen Neale
... Carla Hilfe
... Willi Hilfe
... Mrs. Bellane #2
... Inspector Prentice
... Cost / Travers the Tailor
... Dr. JM Forrester
... George Rennit
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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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Espions sur la Tamise  »

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The "winning" cake weight at the Lembridge fête is 4lb 15.5oz. 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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Connections

Spoofed in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

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Good Wartime Film Noir
21 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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