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Background to Danger (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, War | 3 July 1943 (USA)
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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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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Intrigues en Orient  »

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Trivia

This film is mentioned in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" as the second in a double feature seen by Sal and Dean in a Detroit theater (chapter 11 of part three). See more »

Goofs

When the train is arriving at the border between Turkey and Syria, there is a shot of a train pulling into a station. A sign on the station is visible and it reads "Estressin" - the name of a train station in Vienne, France, which is 20 miles south of Lyon. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai Zaleshoff: [Petulantly] I want some vodka! I WANT SOME VODKA!
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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
(1880)
Written by Johann Strauss
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No prize winner but a more than rewarding WWII adventure.
22 May 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

It seems that most IMDb reviewers have a pretty low opinion of "Background to Danger." Well, I admit that many of the criticisms of this film have merit. First of all, George Raft was decidedly not near the top of Hollywood actors. Second, there is, as many have observed, more than a little resemblance between this film and some others, such as "Casablanca." And I keep wondering what the film would have been like with Bogart, Cagney, or Garfield in the lead role.

Nevertheless, this is a film I have enjoyed many times and probably will again. Some of Raft's lines probably would not have worked with Cagney or Garfield, but they are okay coming from Raft. And, of course, the supporting cast is really excellent.

All in all, I think you will enjoy this film if you don't go in expecting something on the level of "Casablanca" or even that of "Sahara," a Columbia film of the same year starring Humphrey Bogart. In short, enjoy the fast pace and the really great support from Greenstreet, Lorre, Brenda Marshall and the others.


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