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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  1 July 1944 (USA)
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Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mr. Peters
Zachary Scott ...
Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson ...
Irana Preveza
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Cornelius Leyden
Victor Francen ...
Wladislaw Grudek
Steven Geray ...
Karel Bulic
Florence Bates ...
Madame Elise Chavez
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Marukakis (as Edward Ciannelli)
Kurt Katch ...
Colonel Haki
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Anna Bulic
Georges Metaxa ...
Hans Werner
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Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue ...
Abdul Dhris
David Hoffman ...
Konrad
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A mystery writer named Leyden is intrigued by the tale of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropolous, whose body was found washed up on the shore in Istanbul. He decides to follow the career of Dimitrios around Europe, to learn more about the man. Along the way, he is joined by mysterious Mr. Peters, who has his own motivation. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The Fabulous Tale OF A MAN OF MYSTERY!


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1 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara de Dimitrios  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 16, 1945 with Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Zachary Scott reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Peters: What did you think of him?
Cornelius Leyden: It was Dimitrios all right - ruthless and primitive. I was afraid of him.
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from "Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the chamber orchestra during the party
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Dimitrios Unmasked
20 March 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Eric Ambler was in a way the John Le Carré of his generation. A few of his works were turned into fantastic films. The two best ones were "Journey Into Fear" and "The Mask of Dimitrios." From the opening sequence when a body is washed ashore and a group of beachcombers walk up to it, realize what it is, and run away screaming, to the final fade out, this movie grabs the viewer's attention and holds it.

The acting is brilliant, from the stand out performances of the two leads, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet to the smallest bit players. Zachary Scott in his first screen appearance is a knockout as the coldblooded, calculating, ruthless international schemer, Dimitrios Makropoulos. Faye Emerson as one of the women, Irana Preveza, Dimitrios used for his own selfish purposes then discarded is uncanny as she changes from a beautiful nightclub singer (in the flashback) to the worn out haggard shadow of a person she has become when relating her story to Cornelius Leyden (Lorre). She tells Leyden that Dimitrios was the only man she was ever actually afraid of. Adding to the effectiveness of this scene is the haunting "Perfidia (Tonight)," played in the background. Victor Francen gives a powerful portrayal of Wladislaw Grodek, someone else Dimitrios has double crossed.

The story unfolds as Leyden, a writer intrigued by Dimitrios' treachery, sets about to uncover as much information as possible about the archfiend in order to write a book. He views Dimitrios' corpse at the morgue then begins backtracking to separate fact from fiction. Enter a stranger who has been following him, a Mr. Peters or is it Peterson. The stranger too wants the facts on Dimitrios for what purpose is not clear.

Not only is the viewer enthralled by the picture of Dimitrios that slowly emerges, but the international scope of the hunt is riveting, Istanbul, the Hellespont, Sofia, Belgrade, Athens, Paris. This was also the time that Hitler's war was raging across Europe which only adds to the atmosphere involving spying and treason.


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