Journey Into Fear

Synopsis: A Navy engineer, returning to the U.S. 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.
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
68 min

Dearest Stephanie,

If this letter is found on me,

if this ever reaches you,

I want you to believe every word of it

and try to understand.

It all began that night

we arrived in Istanbul.

Oh, there's a gentleman waiting to see you.

- Oh?...

Mr. Graham? Mrs. Graham?

Put it there.

It's a pleasure!

Kopeikine is the name.

- How do you do...

You doubt that I am Kopeikine?

- No...

You think perhaps that I am not he?

My credentials!


take my word for it,

I didn't want to go out

with that fellow Kopeikine,

he's a pest!

I didn't even want him to join us for dinner,

he just talked his way into it...

Mrs. Graham,

I am going to deprive you of your husband for awhile.

Aren't we, Mr. Graham?

We got some business to talk over...


Oh, can't we talk right here?

And bother your charming wife?

Oh... Well don't mind me. If you have to talk to Mr. Kopeikine, dear...

Sure, we can go downstairs in the bar.

- The bar...

Well, go to the bar if you want to, dear.

Maybe we will have a couple of drinks, too!

Well... the sooner you go, the sooner you'll be back.

Have a good time...

It's not a good time, it's business, he says.

Time is fleeing, Howard!

The company representative!

I'll be right back.

- Be careful.

Howard, where are you going?

I thought you said we're going in the bar?

I know a much better place! Come on.

Oh, I haven't got my hat and coat.

It's just around the corner.

Kopeikine is our company's representative

in Turkey.

And I guess he thought

he ought to show me a good time...

I didn't want a good time.

I wanted to stay with you!

He just took it for granted I didn't.

He dragged me off to that nightclub.

That's how

I happened to meet that woman,


I can't stay here very long,

I've got to get back to the hotel.

Some number, huh?

I'd better get on back to the hotel.

You might take a shine to Josette!

After all, this little girl is very stupid.

Of course Josette is stupid too, but she has it!

Pardon me, Howard, I will be back very briefly.

You give me money?

What for?


- Oh.

You excuse me.

If you like me, I come back!

I want you to meet my friend. He's American.

Howard, I will present Josette and Gogo Martel.

- How do you do?

You will sit please?

- Thank you.

I enjoyed your dancing very much, Mamselle.

Nonsense to say that Americans are not polite.

They are so clever in business and yet so generous and sincere.

You hear that, Howard?

The champagne here is filthy.

I do not wish to leave Istanbul with a headache.

How long do you stay here Mr. Graham?

Why, he leaves here tomorrow, too.

Yes, I'm leaving on the morning train.

I'm going as far as Batoumi by boat.

Pardon me sir.

What kind of cigarettes do you smoke?

He is good, ain't he, Howard?

You, sir.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I will now present to you

an unbelievable miracle

that I learned in the mountain vastness of India.

And for this illusion, I will require

the assistance of some kind and gracious

gentleman from the audience...

Perhaps you, sir, the gentleman of the duck,

if you would be so good?

And now ladies and gentlemen,

I will join my ancestors...

Don't worry, Howard!

Ah... there you are, Howard!

That was a good trick!

What happened?

The boy didn't fire his gun,

someone else did!

The magician is dead.

I didn't admit it, Stephanie,

but I knew then that shot was meant for me...

You know how many months I spent

for the company on the Turkish navy.

Well, time counts in this war,

and now with me out of the way,

it'll take all that time and more

with somebody else out here before Turkey

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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr. (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American film, stage, radio and television actor. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original stage productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He first gained worldwide fame in three Orson Welles films: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay. He went on to become one of the leading Hollywood actors of the 1940s, appearing in films such as Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948), The Third Man (1949) and Niagara (1953). One of his final films was Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980). more…

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