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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

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

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Eric Ambler (novel)
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Cast

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 Marjorie Hoshelle ... Anna Bulic
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Hans Werner
John Abbott ... Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue ... Abdul Dhris
David Hoffman David Hoffman ... Konrad
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coffin for Dimitrios See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Colonel Haki: But to me the most important thing to know about an assassination is not who fired a shot - but who paid for the bullet!
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Connections

Spoofed in It Takes a Thief: Guess Who's Coming to Rio (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Breezin' Along With the Breeze
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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holds up well after 58 years: suspense and intrigue
17 August 2002 | by imp-6See all my reviews

I saw this movie 3 times in blackout conditions in 1944 on the German front just before the Battle of the Bulge. That was 3 separate times and apparently it was the only movie on the whole front. I just viewed it again today, 2002, and showed not a bit of age. It is exciting though it is 75% talk and 25% action. But what talk: Greenstreet and Lorre!! All the parts are finely chosen and hand polished until they fit the space perfectly. They don't make them like this anymore. Put it with Casablanca, Maltese Falcon (Bogart one), Key Largo, etc. If you like these, you'll love the Mask. And Col. Haki is great and in a previous movie was played by Orson Wells, i.e., another Eric Ambler movie. It is the Balkans in 1938 and background shots are exciting. If you don't know Faye Emerson, you will wish you did. Rush out and rent it.


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