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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
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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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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 »

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When Col. Robinson goes to sit behind his desk early in the film, the camera pushes in quickly towards the desk. As this is happening, moving shadows of the camera rig are visible on the desk and on the wall behind. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai Zaleshoff: How did you know the gun wasn't loaded?
Joe Barton: By its weight.
Nikolai Zaleshoff: There might have been one bullet in it.
Joe Barton: That's the chance I had to take.
Nikolai Zaleshoff: YOU had to take?
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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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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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