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Directed by Orson Welles

United States 1943 68 mins.

Packed to the gills with his Mercury Theatre players, Journey into Fear is a Welles product through-and-through (though it was directed by Norman Foster, a previous collaborator of Welles’.) In the end Welles is only credited with acting in the film, donning a thick Turkish accent in his role as Colonel Haki, leader of a secret police force, who meets Graham (Joseph Cotten), an American trying to return home from Russia but who is being hunted by Nazis in Istanbul. Welles and his Mercury cohorts were famously fired from RKO during post-production, leaving the film to be cut by the studio, but it remains a unique entry in his filmography.

Genres: Drama, Noir, Thriller

Appears in: Orson Welles at 100