Right off the bat, Hidden Fear, is an oddity of the Noir genre being that it takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark instead of the great, U. S. of A. Unfortunately, this doesn't amount to all that much as Hidden Fear ends up being only slightly above average for the genre. John Payne stars as a detective who goes to Denmark in an attempt to clear his sister's name of murder. Of course, this leads him on a trail of counterfeiters in which mayhem ensues. Payne's character is a tough, no nonsense detective who has no bones about beating on people to get the information he seeks. The action aspects of the film are definitely the highlight, as the plot can just felt too dense and for lack of a better word, talky at times. I can't really recall a film of this time period that has fist fights on the same level, with Hidden Fear bring an intensity rarely seen for the time period. You really feel every punch and it's all choreographed and displayed extremely well for the time. The action in general is well done, with the ending car chase being exceptionally well shot, in a very fast-paced, kinetic way. Although she doesn't have much screen time, Natalie Norwic, who playsPayne's sister, is fun to watch giving this sorta off-kilter performance. In the end Hidden Fear is a decent if not spectacular film with Andre De Toth ingusing the film with enough energy through his compositions and action sequences to make this film worth seeing.
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