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Background to Danger (1943)

 -  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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Nikolai Zaleshoff
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Ana Remzi
Turhan Bey ...
Hassan
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Intrigues en Orient  »

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Sydney Greenstreet filmed a special trailer where he talks directly to the camera. See more »

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When the train is shown leaving Ankara Station for Istanbul (48 minutes in) you see a bit of stock footage showing a (British) Southern Railway class M7 suburban tank engine running somewhere on the South Eastern and Chatham system which runs between London and Kent. See more »

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Joe Barton: [Dryly to Robinson] You still talk as much as ever.
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Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
(1880)
Written by Johann Strauß
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Has its moments, but overall a real disappointment....
25 February 2007 | by (Petersburg, Vasaria) – See all my reviews

Despite the breathtaking pace of the film and an excellently filmed car chase, BACKGROUND TO DANGER is a disappointment in many respects. Simply put, the story is too confusing and ridiculous for the film to gain any credibility. Even a great cast—and Brenda Marshall's pretty face—can't save this film!

BACKGROUND TO DANGER has the usual fast-paced direction by Raoul Walsh (WHITE HEAT, DESPERATE JOURNEY), terrific editing and black-and-white cinematography, and fine actors that include the likes of Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, and Steven Geray. But George Raft will go down in history as one of the dullest leading men I've ever seen. The production values, as with so many Warner Bros. films of the era, are quite good. However, the story is an utter mess and makes little sense. Yet there are a lot of action scenes throughout the film and the action is the best part about the film.

Worth watching for the car chase alone, but since there are only a few good things about this film, it's pointless for me to continue.


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