The Fearmakers

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The Fearmakers
The Fearmakers film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Produced byMartin H. Lancer
Screenplay byElliot West
Chris Appley
Story byDarwin Teilhet (novel)
StarringDana Andrews
Music byIrving Gertz
CinematographySam Leavitt
Edited byJames Whittredge
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 1958 (1958-10)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Fearmakers is a 1958 film noir crime film directed by Jacques Tourneur starring Dana Andrews.[1] The screenplay is based on the 1945 novel of the same name by Darwin Teilhet.


Korean War veteran Alan Eaton (Andrews), who suffered through brainwashing as a P.O.W., returns home and resumes his job at a public relations-opinion research firm in Washington, DC. He finds things aren't quite as he left them. His partner has been killed mysteriously in an accident. He discovers that his company has been taken over by Communist infiltrators intent on fixing public opinion polls and promoting Communist organizations. To stop them, Eaton cooperates with a Senate investigation.


  • Dana Andrews as Alan Eaton
  • Dick Foran as Jim McGinnis
  • Marilee Earle as Lorraine Dennis
  • Veda Ann Borg as Vivian Loder
  • Kelly Thordsen as Harold 'Hal' Loder
  • Roy Gordon as Sen. Walder
  • Joel Marston as Rodney Hillyer
  • Dennis Moore as Army Doctor
  • Oliver Blake as Dr. Gregory Jessup
  • Janet Brandt as Walder's Secretary
  • Fran Andrade as TWA Stewardess
  • Mel Tormé as Barney Bond

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