Written by / 3/15/2020 / No comments / , , , , , , , ,

ORSON WELLES IN 'JOURNEY INTO FEAR' WITH JOSEPH COTTEN

From the Eric Ambler novel JOURNEY INTO FEAR Film Year: 1943
An entertaining, lightweight suspense yarn about a passive arms dealer... who ironically has never fired a gun... stuck on a cargo ship where there lurks a clandestine Nazi out to kill him...

Joseph Cotten stars as the hunted pawn who, having left loyal wife Ruth Warrick ashore, is reluctantly sent aboard with dancer Dolores Del Rio and meets various passengers including a Turkish tobacco dealer, a slick gambler and a German businessman. It's not hard figuring out who the main heavy is, but it doesn't matter...

It's great seeing the CITIZEN KANE acting trio of Cotten now in the lead, Everett Sloane an exposition-spouting go-between and Orson Welles as a Turkish Captain. The pace is loose with a terrific buildingtop shootout/climax involving the villain's ruthless hit man (played by Welles's real life manager, Jack Moss). And to prove Welles was only the producer, here's a quote from the man himself when asked if he himself secretly directed, like most movie historians think, and claim...

Joseph Cotten peaks through a porthole in Journey Into Fear RATES: ****
"Never at any time." Welles stated. "I produced it and Jo Cotten and I wrote the script, based on Eric Amber's novel: The director was Norman Foster, who was a great friend of mine... I wasn’t even in the country for most of the picture," Welles said (from the book THIS IS ORSON WELLES with Peter Bogdanovich interviewing). "I was only there for three weeks. But I did the sets and I supervised the planning of the way it was going to be done."

Like with THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, studio henchmen chose their own flurry of edits (while Welles was filming the wartime propaganda IT'S ALL TRUE). At one point a character is shown after he's been killed... according to Welles. And while not completely Film Noir, JOURNEY INTO FEAR has the pulse of an old school adventure-programmer narrowed into a tight little suspense/thriller, and should keep you on your toes.
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR aka Voyage au pays de la peur
Everette Sloane, Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles in Journey into Fear
Joseph Cotten & Everette Sloane bookend an uncredited/unknown Journey into Fear starlet
Eustace Wyatt, Joseph Cotten and Jack Moss in JOURNEY INTO FEAR
Orson Welles's real life agent Jack Moss takes a killer role in JOURNEY INTO FEAR
Dolores Del Rio in JOURNEY INTO FEAR aka Calatorie în tara groazei aka Estambul
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Everette Sloane aka Farlig medpassagerare
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Orson Welles aka Utazás a félelembe
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR aka Terrore sul Mar Nero aka Пътуване в страх
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Dolores Del Rio aka Jornada de terror
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Jack Durant and Frank Readick
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Eustace Wyatt aka Von Agenten gejagt
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Podróż do krainy strachu
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Jack Durant aka Путешествие в страх
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR aka Voyage dans l'épouvante aka Estambul
Joseph Cotten in JOURNEY INTO FEAR with Eustace Wyatt and Jack Moss and Ruth Warrick
Poster for Orson Welles's production of Eric Ambler's espionage thriller JOURNEY INTO FEAR
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

MARK STEVENS & JOANNE DRU IN THE NEO NOIR 'SEPTEMBER STORM'

Pulpy poster artwork for SEPTEMBER STORM Year: 1960 Rating: *** For a 3D movie with a giant shark on the poster, it's amazing how mu...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "George, that's the first time anyone ever thought enough of you to call you a shark. If you were a good lawyer, you'd be flattered." Everette Sloane to Glenn Anders, The Lady from Shanghai

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)THE CROWDED SKY 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 6)ASH WEDNESDAY 7)SHARKS' TREASURE 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HOT CARS 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HARDCORE 13)VIOLENT SATURDAY 14)FALLEN ANGEL 15)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 16)SWEENEY TWO 17)THE DEFECTOR 18)THE ROARING TWENTIES 19)AIR PATROL 20)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 21)THE SERGEANT 22)OTLEY 23)AL CAPONE 24)SWAMP WATER 25)JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG 26)THE KILLING 27)COMPULSION 28)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 29)EASY LIVING 30)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 31)ATLANTIC CITY 32)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 33)CANYON RIVER 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS 38)FRENZY 39)THUNDER ISLAND 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

TRIPPING INTO THE SIXTIES

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

All Time Popular

TARGETING THE SEVENTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE