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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.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (screenplay), Eric Ambler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Barton
Brenda Marshall ... Tamara Zaleshoff
Sydney Greenstreet ... Colonel Robinson
Peter Lorre ... Nikolai Zaleshoff
Osa Massen ... Ana Remzi
Turhan Bey ... Hassan
Willard Robertson ... 'Mac' McNamara
Kurt Katch ... Mailler
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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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Drama | Thriller | War

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Trivia

The three photographs of possible Roumanian secret agents which McNamara shows Joe were those of Warner Bros. contract players Paul Panzer, Glen Cavender and Stuart Holmes. Those three are not actually in the movie. The fourth photograph was that of Leo White, who is seen in an early scene whispering in someone's ear. See more »

Goofs

When the man following Ana Remzi stops at a shop; there is a lady customer in front of a mirror being attended to by a saleswoman. But on the following cut; the customer is now not there and the saleswoman is off to the side arranging a flower display. See more »

Quotes

Joe Barton: [Dryly to Robinson] You still talk as much as ever.
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Connections

Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op.388
(1880)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played on a radio
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Greenstreet is Magnetic
21 August 2008 | by u4775See all my reviews

I liked this film although there were certainly many better for the time. It is the usual war time movie without being too much like the rest.

How can you go wrong watching Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre together? Greenstreet is simply magnetic, and I was stunned to find out he debuted in films with Casablanca only a year before.

I kept thinking during the movie how much better it would have been with someone else besides Raft in the title role, he is pretty wooden. I am not sure where his performance ranks with his other roles. I hope they were better but doubt that they were. I don't watch many of them normally.

Brenda Marshall provides window dressing mostly and the ending smacks of a cheap knockoff attempt, but the rest wasn't too bad.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

3 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Background to Danger See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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