Journey Into Fear
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Orson Welles had planned to produce, direct and star in RKO's Journey Into Fear, but prior commitments compelled him to vacate the director's chair in favor of Norman Foster. Joseph Cotten, who starred as an American gunnery engineer up to his armpits in international intrigue, adapted the screenplay from the novel by Eric Ambler. Targeted for extermination by the Gestapo, Cotten secretly books passage on a steamer bound from Turkey to Batumi. His fellow passengers include dancer Dolores Del Rio and her gigolo partner Jack Durant; talkative Frenchwoman Agnes Moorehead and her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Welles shows himself a careful student of Alfred Hitchcock, but he falls far short of the Old Master."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Visually inventive thriller."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An exciting wartime spy film with film noir overtones."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unfortunately, RKO cut it almost as badly as The Magnificent Ambersons, which was in production at the same time, and what survives is basically a lot of claustrophobic atmosphere and some fair-to-middling suspense."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"First-rate noir thriller that was somewhat compromised by post-production tampering."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A visually arresting film with a nod to the quirky that just can't be beat in terms of the bizarre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Almost too casually, it is a classic."
‑ , Film4
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