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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
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Hassan
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'Mac' McNamara
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Mailler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nino Bellini ...
Turkish Secretary (uncredited)
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Syrian Vendor (uncredited)
John Bleifer ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ...
German Officer (uncredited)
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Plane Announcer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
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Baba - Old Turk (uncredited)
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Levantine Porter (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ...
Bellboy (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Man at Train Station (uncredited)
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Clerk (uncredited)
William Edmunds ...
Waiter with Information (uncredited)
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Turkish Wife on Train (uncredited)
Demetris Emanuel ...
Turkish Official (uncredited)
Hassan Ezzat ...
Turkish Conductor (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ...
Franz Von Papen (uncredited)
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Ludwig Rader (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ...
Attaché (uncredited)
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German Daughter (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
Carl Harbord ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Yeghishe Harout ...
Turkish Policeman (uncredited)
Ernst Hausman ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ...
Hotchkins - English Traveler (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
James Khan ...
Train Caller (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ...
Ivan (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ...
Moustaffa - Typesetter (uncredited)
Liparit ...
Wagon Driver (uncredited)
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Italian on Train (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ...
Commentator (uncredited)
Michael Mark ...
Hotel Night Clerk (uncredited)
Georges Metaxa ...
L.V. Bastaki (uncredited)
Ray Miller ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
Daniel Ocko ...
Igor Rashenko (uncredited)
Sylvia Opert ...
Nautch Dancer (uncredited)
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Koylan (uncredited)
John Piffle ...
Fat Turk on Train (uncredited)
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Customs Official with Joe (uncredited)
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Syrian Vendor (uncredited)
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Rudick - the Assasin (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ...
Mailler's Henchman (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ...
Customs Official with Ana (uncredited)
Antonio Samaniego ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Clerk (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ...
German Mother (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Chef (uncredited)
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Thug at Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
German (uncredited)
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Turkish Husband on Train (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
John Van Eyck ...
Official (uncredited)
Juan Varro ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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German Official (uncredited)
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German Officer (uncredited)
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Whispering Agent (uncredited)
Fred Wolff ...
Reiger (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ...
Schneider - Mailler's Henchman (uncredited)
Alfred Zeisler ...
Attaché (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

Written by

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W.R. Burnett ... (screenplay)
 
Eric Ambler ... (novel "Background to Danger")
 
William Faulkner ... () (uncredited)
 
Daniel Fuchs ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jerry Wald ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

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Friedrich Hollaender ... (as Frederick Hollander)

Cinematography by

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Tony Gaudio ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jack Killifer

Art Direction by

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Hugh Reticker

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Casey Roberts

Costume Design by

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Milo Anderson ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Russell Saunders ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dolph Thomas ... sound

Special Effects by

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Warren Lynch ... special effects
Willard Van Enger ... special effects

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Bernhard Kaun ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hugh Cummings ... dialogue director
Nazim Kalkavan ... technical advisor
James Leicester ... montages
Don Siegel ... montages
John Huston ... script polishing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Love in the midst of intrigue! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Intrigues en Orient (France)
  • Spion im Orientexpress (Germany)
  • Peligro a fondo (Spain)
  • Intrigues en Orient (Belgium, French title)
  • Intrigen in het oosten (Belgium, Flemish title)
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Runtime
  • 80 min
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Warner at War (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388 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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