Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.


Jean Negulesco


Frank Gruber (screenplay), Eric Ambler (novel)





Complete credited cast:
Sydney Greenstreet ... Mr. Peters
Zachary Scott ... Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson ... Irana Preveza
Peter Lorre ... 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 Georges Metaxa ... Hans Werner
John Abbott ... Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue ... Abdul Dhris
David Hoffman ... Konrad


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 <>

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"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 »


At the end of the film Mr. Peters is arrested and indicates that he will be serving a long prison term for killing Dimitrios. However, under French law he would not have gone to prison since he killed him in self-defense and to also save Professor Leyden. See more »


Irana Preveza: [after they inquire about Dimitrios in the nightclub] Get out!
[after they begin to rise]
Irana Preveza: Sit down! Do you think I want a scene in here?
Marukakis: [Sarcastically] If you can explain how I can leave without standing up, I'd be grateful.
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Foreword: For money, some men will allow the innocent to hang. They will turn traitor....they will lie, cheat, steal...they will kill. They appear brilliant, charming, generous! But they are deadly. Such a man was Dimitrios. See more »

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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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Not The Maltese Falcon, but still a remarkable Film-Noir classic
7 May 2003 | by IlyaMauterSee all my reviews

The Mask of Dimitrios is an adaptation of Eric Ambler's novel A Coffin for Dimitrios directed by Rumanian-American director Jean Negulescu. A corpse of a man is found washed up on a sea shore somewhere in Bulgaria, which apparently is of Dimitrios Makropoulos, a sought after by the police of various European countries notorious criminal. A fiction writer Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) gets interested in Dimitrios' story and decides to conduct an investigation about his life and death with the intent of writing a book about it. In order to do that he begins a journey through Europe, following the trail of Dimitrios activities, which begins in Istambul and ends in Paris.

On the way he is joined by a mysterious stranger Mr. Peters (Sydney Greenstreet) who, as it turns out to be, has the same mission of finding out about Dimitrios' life, but whose motivations are quite different.

A good but little seen Film-Noir classic. 8/10

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1 July 1944 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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