"Welles and Del Rio together! as Terror Man vs. Leopard Woman--for possession of a mysterious stranger in the powder-keg Middle East...a man with a military secret worth more than his love and his life!...It's menace melodrama thrilled with mighty mystery and suspense...SEE IT!" A US Navy engineer, returning to the US with his wife from a conference, finds himself pursued by Nazi agents, who are out to kill him. Without a word to his wife, he flees the hotel the couple is staying in and boards a ship, only to find, after the ship sails, that the agents have followed him there. A highly complex World War II spy drama about the smuggling of guns and ammo into Turkey. This is the type of action film they just don't make anymore - it requires thought. Although credited to Norman Foster, and co-written by Joseph Cotton, Welles in fact "supervised" most of this production. What we get is tight and very compact thriller. Think of "Journey Into Fear" as a practice run for "Touch Of Evil" and "The Third Man". The Camera-work, as usual, is brilliant -- particularly the interiors of the ship. Welles has always worked his cameramen hard, pushing them to new heights; lighting rooms "without light", and building sets with ceilings (not a popular practice in the forties). It pays off -- the paranoia on board the ship is extreme, and Cotton is excellent as it's primary sufferer. Naturally the camera angles have Welles' innovative stamp all over them.
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