Journey Into Fear Reviews

  • Sep 13, 2020

    A few suspenseful moments, but not many.

    A few suspenseful moments, but not many.

  • Jul 15, 2020

    Entertaining spy drama with a suspenseful plot full of twists shows some of Orson Welles style, but is obviously not fully his intended product.

    Entertaining spy drama with a suspenseful plot full of twists shows some of Orson Welles style, but is obviously not fully his intended product.

  • Jun 03, 2017

    Enjoyable spy thriller. Good ending high above building ledge

    Enjoyable spy thriller. Good ending high above building ledge

  • Mar 22, 2016

    Confusing and hard to follow plot. Acting not particularly good. A longer running time might have helped to build the story and establish credibility of characters. Some nice ideas strung together rather than proceeding in a convincing manner.

    Confusing and hard to follow plot. Acting not particularly good. A longer running time might have helped to build the story and establish credibility of characters. Some nice ideas strung together rather than proceeding in a convincing manner.

  • Oct 12, 2015

    labored and formulaic

    labored and formulaic

  • Sep 08, 2015

    Just rewatched this gem over the Labor Day weekend. It is impossible to watch and not see Welles's photographic eye in so many shots, although he claimed he did not direct. Cotten, one of the most underrated leading men of all time, is great as the desk bound scientist forced into an action role. So many atmospheric notes (the rainy shootout, the skipping record) make this a true joy.

    Just rewatched this gem over the Labor Day weekend. It is impossible to watch and not see Welles's photographic eye in so many shots, although he claimed he did not direct. Cotten, one of the most underrated leading men of all time, is great as the desk bound scientist forced into an action role. So many atmospheric notes (the rainy shootout, the skipping record) make this a true joy.

  • Jun 14, 2015

    Orson Welles is widely rumored to have been the uncredited director of this film, although Norman Foster is the credited director. None of Foster's other films looked like this. Welles co-wrote (with Joseph Cotten) and produced the film and it features many of his troupe of Mercury Theater actors, including Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Agnes Moorehead and Everett Sloane. Welles himself did take credit for the opening crane shot of the film, but has said they were in such a rush that whoever was closest to the camera at the time directed the film. He also said that it was Foster who was the film's director and not he. It wouldn't surprise me if veteran cinematographer Karl Struss ("Sunrise," "The Great Dictator," "The Fly") could be thrown in as one of those responsible for this film looking so good and so much better than anything Foster ever directed. The story here is a convoluted and serpentine tale of espionage, but it's the style and cast of the film that makes this film good. The chase around the outside of a building on a rainy night is particularly thriller (rain used much to the same effect that Welles would use later in his version of "Macbeth."). Not a classic, but well worth watching.

    Orson Welles is widely rumored to have been the uncredited director of this film, although Norman Foster is the credited director. None of Foster's other films looked like this. Welles co-wrote (with Joseph Cotten) and produced the film and it features many of his troupe of Mercury Theater actors, including Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Agnes Moorehead and Everett Sloane. Welles himself did take credit for the opening crane shot of the film, but has said they were in such a rush that whoever was closest to the camera at the time directed the film. He also said that it was Foster who was the film's director and not he. It wouldn't surprise me if veteran cinematographer Karl Struss ("Sunrise," "The Great Dictator," "The Fly") could be thrown in as one of those responsible for this film looking so good and so much better than anything Foster ever directed. The story here is a convoluted and serpentine tale of espionage, but it's the style and cast of the film that makes this film good. The chase around the outside of a building on a rainy night is particularly thriller (rain used much to the same effect that Welles would use later in his version of "Macbeth."). Not a classic, but well worth watching.

  • May 09, 2015

    Starring Joseph Cotten and Dolores Del Rio. Decent, fast-paced suspense story of American engineer Cotten being targeted by Nazis due to his involvement with the Turkish navy. For the most part it is tremendously entertaining, but the film's abrupt, truncated ending is a big letdown. The screenplay was adapted by Cotten from an Eric Ambler novel. The credited director is B-movie veteran Norman Foster, but producer-actor Orson Welles' fingerprints are all over this. Like Welles' previous effort, 'The Magnificent Ambersons', the film was taken over by RKO, which chopped it up, thus destroying Welles' vision.

    Starring Joseph Cotten and Dolores Del Rio. Decent, fast-paced suspense story of American engineer Cotten being targeted by Nazis due to his involvement with the Turkish navy. For the most part it is tremendously entertaining, but the film's abrupt, truncated ending is a big letdown. The screenplay was adapted by Cotten from an Eric Ambler novel. The credited director is B-movie veteran Norman Foster, but producer-actor Orson Welles' fingerprints are all over this. Like Welles' previous effort, 'The Magnificent Ambersons', the film was taken over by RKO, which chopped it up, thus destroying Welles' vision.

  • May 05, 2013

    Noir, espionage thriller with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, who had also writtent he screenplay. Effective, atmospheric and with an exciting ending.

    Noir, espionage thriller with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, who had also writtent he screenplay. Effective, atmospheric and with an exciting ending.

  • Dec 27, 2012

    I really liked this movie but I am partial to Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. It was short, easy to watch, and entertaining. I liked it from beginning to end.

    I really liked this movie but I am partial to Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. It was short, easy to watch, and entertaining. I liked it from beginning to end.