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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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Tamara Zaleshoff
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Colonel Robinson
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Nikolai Zaleshoff
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Ana Remzi
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Hassan
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'Mac' McNamara
Kurt Katch ...
Mailler
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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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Intrigues en Orient  »

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Trivia

Rudick is referred to as being 52 years old my Col. Robinson. Frank Reicher, who played him, looks every year his real age--68. See more »

Goofs

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

Colonel Robinson: They're taking you downstairs to the cellars. You'll be separated from this room by several meters of stonework, but I think I'll be able to hear your reactions to Capt. Mailler's persuasive methods.
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Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
(1880)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played on a radio
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Greenstreet is Magnetic
21 August 2008 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I liked this film although there were certainly many better for the time. It is the usual war time movie without being too much like the rest.

How can you go wrong watching Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre together? Greenstreet is simply magnetic, and I was stunned to find out he debuted in films with Casablanca only a year before.

I kept thinking during the movie how much better it would have been with someone else besides Raft in the title role, he is pretty wooden. I am not sure where his performance ranks with his other roles. I hope they were better but doubt that they were. I don't watch many of them normally.

Brenda Marshall provides window dressing mostly and the ending smacks of a cheap knockoff attempt, but the rest wasn't too bad.


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