Journey to Freedom

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Journey to Freedom
Directed by Robert C. Dertano
Produced by Stephen C. Apostolof
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
21 June 1957
Running time
60 min.
Country United States
Language English

Journey to Freedom is a 1957 American film. The story follows a Bulgarian who escapes from behind the Iron Curtain through Istanbul, Paris and Toronto to seek freedom in Los Angeles, California, but is doggedly pursued by Communist agents.

Written and produced by Apostolof and purportedly semi-autobiographical, for his first film project he sought out exploitation veteran Dertano and the one-eyed cinematographer William C. Thompson to create "SCA Productions". The anti-Communist tone is comparable to other films of the Red Scare: I Married a Communist (1949), The Red Menace (1949) and Big Jim McLain (1952).

The film featured Tor Johnson, the Swedish wrestler best known for appearing in Edward D. Wood Jr.'s movies. It was shot in the legendary Sunset Gower Studios and picked up for distribution by Republic Pictures shortly before they suspended feature film production.


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