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Background to Danger (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  3 July 1943 (USA)
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A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

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Joe Barton
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Tamara Zaleshoff
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Colonel Robinson
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Ana Remzi
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Ankara in neutral Turkey : World War Two. A town of intrigue and of provocateurs. The Germans are planning to leak maps apparently proving that the Russians are about to invade the country. American Joe Barton is in the know and in the middle, along with Zaloshoff and his sister who may or may not be Russians. What is clear though is that odious Colonel Robinson is a full-blown Nazi. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Love in the midst of intrigue!

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Drama | Thriller | War

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3 July 1943 (USA)  »

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Intrigues en Orient  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The three photographs of possible Roumanian secret agents which McNamara shows Joe were those of Warner Bros. contract players Paul Panzer, Glen Cavender and Stuart Holmes. Those three are not actually in the movie. The fourth photograph was that of Leo White, who is seen in an early scene whispering in someone's ear. See more »

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When George Raft is told to shoot Peter Lorre by Sydney Greenstreet to prove his loyalty he reaches into a box on the desk and takes out a Colt Detective Special revolver. When the camera changes to the gun in his hand it has changed into a German P08 Luger. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai Zaleshoff: [to Joe] You're a marked man. You're wanted for murder.
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Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
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Written by Johann Strauß
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Suspect Everyone
2 June 2007 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

International intrigue in hot spot Ankara, Turkey, during World War II is the center of this secret agent tail. Nasty Nazi Dr. Robinson (Sydney Greenstreet) plots to use lies in the press to push Turkey to ally itself with Germany against Russia. American Joe Barton (George Raft) is posing as a businessman when he falls into possession of falsified documents the Germans want printed in a sympathizing newspaper. Barton is soon mixed up with the Zaleshoffs (Peter Lorre and Brenda Marshall), a brother and sister claiming to be Russian spies who are after the same documents. Barton has trouble believing anyone, because they all attack him at various times and at least one of them is a cold-blooded killer. The plot had potential, but director Raoul Walsh did not seem to know quite what to do with a story of this nature and there is a complete lack of real emotion in the proceedings. He also seemed to be saddled with a low budget (the miniature train is painfully obvious). His three male stars all but play caricatures of themselves. Raft is all buttoned up and monosyllabic, Greenstreet is almost a cartoon, and Lorre chews the scenery and comes out best. Yet it is still a pretty good movie (if you can withstand being yelled out for the first five minutes and the overcooked musical scoring.) There is a great aura of suspicion over everyone, which leaves you guessing at everyone's connection with everyone else. There is also a great car chase, noir cinematography from Tony Gaudio that caresses Raft's closeups fondly, and some good visual bits that will make you smile.


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