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Background to Danger (1943)

Background to Danger (1943)

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Eric Ambler's intriguing novel Uncommon Danger is brought down to a Republic serial level in Warner Bros.' Background to Danger. George Raft, who always seems miscast, plays an American undercover intelligence agent operating in Turkey. Sultry Osa Massen passes on some valuable secret papers to Raft just before she is killed. Our Hero then finds himself at the mercy of enemy agent Sidney Greenstreet, who knows that the papers contain Nazi plans to invade Turkey. Despite several brutal beatings, Raft and his cohorts Peter Lorre (a good guy for a change) and Brenda Marshall turn the tables on Greenstreet. Background to Danger was the first of many Warner Bros. follow-ups to the studio's megahit Casablanca; it's also the film wherein the prankish Peter Lorre stole George Raft's hat between takes--an affront that rankled the touchy Raft to his dying day. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

George Raft
as Joe Barton
Brenda Marshall
as Tamara Zaleshoff
Sydney Greenstreet
as Colonel Robinson
Peter Lorre
as Nikolai Zaleshoff
Osa Massen
as Ana Remzi
Turhan Bey
as Hassan
Kurt Katch
as Mailler
Daniel Ocko
as Rashenko
Frank Puglia
as Syrian Vendor
Curt Furberg
as Von Popen
Jean De Briac
as Levantine Porter
Georges Renavent
as Customs Official with Ana
Paul Porcasi
as Customs Official with Joe
Demetrius Emanuel
as Turkish Official
Michael Mark
as Hotel Night Clerk
Kurt Kreuger
as Chauffeur
Ray Miller
as Chauffeur
Otto Reichow
as Mailler's Henchman
Charles Irwin
as Hotchkins - English Traveler
Irene Seidner
as German Mother
Lisa Golm
as German Daughter
William Edmunds
as Waiter with Information
William Von Brincken
as German Official
Charles La Torre
as Moustaffa - Typesetter
William Yetter Jr.
as Schneider - Mailler's Henchman
Lou Marcelle
as Commentator
Dave Kashner
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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Dull but inoffensive spy thriller might offer some light entertainment.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Lightweight espionage tale.

August 14, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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