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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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
Pedro de Cordoba
as Old Turk
Frank Puglia
as Syrian Vendor
Steven Geray
as Raeder
Curt Furberg
as Von Popen
Frank Reicher
as Rudick
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
William Yetter Jr.
as Schneider - Mailler's Henchman
Otto Reichow
as Mailler's Henchman
Charles Irwin
as Hotchkins - English Traveler
Antonio Samaniego
as Policeman
Irene Seidner
as German Mother
Lisa Golm
as German Daughter
William Edmunds
as Waiter with Information
William Von Brincken
as German Official
Nestor Paiva
as Koylan
Charles La Torre
as Moustaffa - Typesetter
Lou Marcelle
as Commentator
Dave Kashner
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Background to Danger

All Critics (2)

Dull but inoffensive spy thriller might offer some light entertainment.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Lightweight espionage tale.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Background to Danger

Well, I only saw pieces of this on TV, but considering there is no DVD made (and no in-print version period) I'll break my usual rule of not rating a movie until I've seen the whole thing. Despite the awkward title, Background to Danger (henceforth referred to as "BtD") is a generally fun espionage thriller. The pacing is very 1940s, but looks fairly good. A rich B&W palate dishes up the constantly revolving settings. As with many movies from the era, the action is in the wordplay and not the plot itself. However, there is one frantic car chase scene to really punch home the action element of the movie. Worth seeing despite its flaws.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman

the third of the fat man trilogy incl maltese falcon & across the pacific doesn't disappoint this shouldn't be so little known!

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

Solid World War II espionage film with a terrific cast. Brenda Marshall and George Raft are particularly good. The cinematography is well done, suspenseful and well edited.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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