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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

The Mask of Dimitrios





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Zachary Scott made his screen debut in this clever bit of film noir that has gained a cult reputation in recent years. Dutch mystery novelist Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) is travelling through Istanbul when he meets Col. Haki (Kurt Katch), head of the secret police and a big fan of Leyden's work. He offers to tell Leyden about Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary Scott), a notorious criminal whose body was just found washed up on the beach. It seems that Makropoulos was involved in nearly every sort of lawless act imaginable, from murder and blackmail to espionage and political assassination. Fascinated, Leyden decides that Makropoulos would be a fine subject for his next book, and he begins researching his life, beginning with Haki's dossier on the criminal. Leyden's research takes him through much of Europe; while en route by rail to Sofia, he meets a large man with an ingratiating chuckle, Mr. Peters (Sydney Greenstreet), who informs Leyden that "There is not enough kindness in the world," and tells him of a good hotel in town. Grateful for the advice, Leyden checks in, only to later find Peters ransacking his room and holding him at gunpoint; it seems that Peters had business with Makropoulos, and he isn't entirely convinced that the master criminal is dead -- especially since his body was found with shabby clothes and no money, and the police in Istanbul had never actually seen a photo of Makropoulos. Based on a novel by Eric Ambler, The Mask of Dimitrios also features Faye Emerson, who was in the news at the time, as she had just wed the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Gruber
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Warner Bros. Pictures


Zachary Scott
as Dimitrios Makropoulo...
Peter Lorre
as Cornelius Leyden
Faye Emerson
as Irana Preveza
George Tobias
as Fedor Muishkin
Victor Francen
as Wladislaw Grodek
Florence Bates
as Mme. Chavez
Kurt Katch
as Col. Haki
George Metaxa
as Hans Werner
John Abbott
as Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue
as Dhris Abdul
Philip Rock
as Person on Beach
Rita Holland
as Person on Beach
Rola Stewart
as Person on Beach
Peter Helmers
as Reporter
Jules Molnar
as Servant
Walter Palm
as Servant
Pedro Regas
as Morgue Attendant
Nino Pipitone
as Hotel Clerk
Frank Lackteen
as Officer in Smyrna
Carmen D'Antonio
as Nightclub Dancer
Fred Essler
as Bostoff
John Bleifer
as Coach Driver
Edgar Licho
as Cafe Proprietor
Louis Mercier
as Policeman
Leonid Snegoff
as Stambulisky
Gregory Golubeff
as Doorkeeper
Carl Neubert
as Secretary
Lotte Palfi
as Receptionist
Mary Landa
as Flower Girl
Ray de Ravenne
as Taxi Driver
Marek Windheim
as Hotel Clerk
Charles Andre
as Conductor
Vince Barnett
as Cafe Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Mask of Dimitrios

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
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Full Review… | April 17, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Romanian-born ex-painter Negulesco aims for sophistication with Hitchcockian banter between rivals -- Lorre and perennially suspicious Sydney Greenstreet -- and a crafty Wellesian figure of hearsay in Dimitrios.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

"The Mask of Dimitrios" may get bogged down with its storytelling structure, but don't let that keep you from enjoying yet another amazing encounter between Greenstreet and Lorre.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Mask of Dimitrios

There was a time before cell phones, the internet, or even network television. Information was found only through books, newspapers, radio, or face to face encounters. The latter often involved traveling to ask specific questions; the answers to which form the basis for another round of questions. Each answer may take the form of a knife-blade or a bullet, an excellent reason to cast Lorre and Greenstreet as the - well..., neither can really be considered heroes, right? In fact, not a single character of this noir flick could be considered a luminary role model. This is the epitome of its genre.


The Mask of Dimitrios is an absolutely riveting Peter Lorre vehicle with wonderfully supporting performances from Zachary Scott and the always imposing Sydney Greenstreet. The film has a tremendous pace and is required viewing for fans of 40s hollywood cinema.

Very good noir film...reminding me of Touch of Evil. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are excellent together in this!

The Mask of Dimitrios Quotes

Col. Haki: I find a murder in a detective story much more sympathetic than a real murder.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)
Cornelius Latimer Leyden: Goodbye Mr. Peters. Au revoir. Sorry you won't be able to go to the Indies now.
Mr. Peters: You see, there's not enough kindness in the world.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)

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