83 minutes – Thriller
Release date: September 22, 1950 (in Montréal, Québec)
Canadian Distributor: United Artists
US Distributor: United Artists
Released in 1950, this is a mild thriller that didn’t do well at the box office. Jan Rubes, who had himself only recently arrived in Canada plays the role of a Displaced Person arriving from a war-torn Europe, but he is in fact a communist spy. His mission is to pass on sensitive information to an uncle in Montréal, but agents of a foreign country wish to stop him by any means, including killing him if they have to. A week after the film opened, Variety wrote, “Film lacks pace and wallop. A sense of evil, expected from the agent and his killers, is missing, and the leisurely pace with which it moves… does little more than give the viewer a travelog of Montreal. The excitement level begins to pick up towards the end, but nt enough to save the film. Trivia: Look for character actor John Colicos in a bit part as a student.
The poster for Forbidden Journey was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.