JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1943):
Naive American engineer, Howard Graham (Joseph Cotton), is taken by a fellow employee to an Istanbul nightclub, where he becomes attracted to dancer Josette Martel (Dolores del Rio). An attempt to murder him results in the death of an unfortunate magician instead. When Colonel Haki (Orson Wells) of the Turkish police investigates, he discovers that Graham is vital to the upgrading of the Turkish navy and that the Nazis have assigned Peter Banat (Welles' partner Jack Moss) to dispose of him. Haki arranges a supposedly secret passage for Graham on a tramp steamer. Among his fellow passengers are Josette and her partner Gogo Martel (Jack Durant) ...and Banat. (68 mins.; in very good quality).
An M3 Lee tank (nicknamed Lulu Belle by Gunn, who served in the cavalry), commanded by Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart), becomes separated from its unit during a general retreat from Rommel's forces. At a bombed-out field hospital, the crew picks up a motley assortment of stragglers, among them a British doctor, other Commonwealth troops, and a Free French soldier. Later, they are joined by a Sudanese soldier and his Italian prisoner, and a Luftwaffe pilot who strafes them and is shot down. Running out of water, they are forced to detour to a desert well marked on Gunn's map. They find it, but it is almost empty, providing only a trickle of water. A German half track arrives soon afterwards, is ambushed and its crew nearly wiped out. Gunn finds out from the survivors that a German battalion, desperate for water, is following close behind. He decides to make a stand to delay the Germans any way he can, while he sends one of his crew in search of help in the captured German vehicle. (97 mins.; in very good quality).
DVD-R IS APPROX. 165 MINS; IN VERY GOOD QUALITY. REGION FREE.