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Hidden Fear (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | July 1957 (USA)
When his sister is arrested in Denmark for murder, American cop Mike Brent aids Danish police with the case and stumbles upon a currency counterfeiting ring.


André De Toth


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Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Mike Brent
Alexander Knox ... Hartman
Conrad Nagel ... Arthur Miller
Natalie Norwick Natalie Norwick ... Susan Brent
Anne Neyland ... Virginia Kelly
Kjeld Jacobsen Kjeld Jacobsen ... Lt. Egon Knudsen
Paul Erling Paul Erling ... Gibbs
Marianne Schleiss Marianne Schleiss ... Helga Hartman
Mogens Brandt Mogens Brandt ... Lund
Knud Rex Knud Rex ... Jacobsen
Elsie Albiin ... Inga
Buster Larsen Buster Larsen ... Hans Ericksen
Preben Mahrt Preben Mahrt ... Danish Detective
Kjeld Petersen ... Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Birgit Brüel Birgit Brüel


American policeman Mike Brent (John Payne) arrives in Denmark to help clear his sister of a murder rap in which her partner/boyfriend has been killed, and all the evidence leads to her having been the murderer. Mike works with the Danish Police, but becomes embroiled in a counterfeiters' plot in which the boyfriend was a member... Written by Becie

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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USA | Denmark


English | Danish

Release Date:

July 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Trip To Copenhagen, as good as reason for making this film as any
22 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Before deciding that television was a good career move and leaving feature films, John Payne did this last one Hidden Fear for which he got a trip to Copenhagen. I've heard of worse reasons for a movie and worse films that came from them. Hidden Fear will never be ranked in his top 10 nor of the top ten of Andre DeToth the director.

Payne plays a homicide cop who's in Copenhagen because his sister Natalie Norwick's got herself in a nice jackpot with the Danish police. She's accused of murdering her boyfriend who was a dancer/musician and something of a lowlife. Payne starts running his own investigation and it turns out that the boyfriend was trying to horn in on a counterfeiting scheme that Alexander Knox and Conrad Nagel are running.

Truth be told Payne's truculent attitude probably cut a few corners, but the Danish cops probably were well on the way toward learning the truth. For that reason I can't really rate this noir film very high. In fact it could have gotten another notch in the ratings had we some color cinematography of Copenhagen and the Danish countryside.

These kind of films were disappearing and Payne probably made a right choice when he left feature films.

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