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      Background to Danger

      Released Jul 3, 1943 1h 20m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Joe Barton (George Raft) is an American intelligence agent working an undercover mission in Turkey during World War II. Turkey is neutral territory, but the Nazis are developing plans to take control of the country. A strange woman passes Barton papers containing details of a supposed Soviet invasion. Also very interested in the documents are a mysterious Russian operative, Tamara Zaleshoff (Brenda Marshall), and traitorous Nazi agent Colonel Robinson (Sydney Greenstreet). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Yasser Medina Cinefilia A fatiguing and dull spy thriller from Raoul Walsh that lacks any trace of intrigue. Full review in Spanish Rated: 5/10 Mar 4, 2022 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Dull but inoffensive spy thriller might offer some light entertainment. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Lightweight espionage tale. Rated: B- Aug 14, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      David K I have so many problems with this film. Let's start with the model trains that are obvious. The editing. The clear dependance on cast members of Casablanca, which this film is tries to emulate, shows a real lack of imagination. The plot is silly. And, then, there's George Raft. There's a reason he never achieved the status of Humphrey Bogart and that goes beyond the roles he turned down. He's just not in Bogey's league in acting chops. It shows in this film. He's just never believable. Watch it only as a study of his roles. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/19/24 Full Review Steve D Fairly predictable but entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review joe m "Background to Danger" is an ok and enjoyable movie of spies and intrigue in WW II neutral Turkey, yet nothing particularly outstanding overall. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Every time I screen a George Raft movie I'm amazed at what an unpolished actor he was. Additionally, I've learned that his influence on the moviemaking process was rarely positive. Background To Danger is a movie that suffers both, from Raft's limited acting skills to his interference in the story. (Raft wanted changes to his character based - not on the betterment of the story - on his whims and image.) The film is worthy of watching for Raoul Walsh's direction. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Follow up, but not as good as Casablanca Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member International intrigue in hot spot Ankara, Turkey, during World War II is the center of this secret agent escapism--Well-Made, Well-Acted Formula Spy Thriller Is Entertaining... The 39 Steps meets Casablanca!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Joe Barton (George Raft) is an American intelligence agent working an undercover mission in Turkey during World War II. Turkey is neutral territory, but the Nazis are developing plans to take control of the country. A strange woman passes Barton papers containing details of a supposed Soviet invasion. Also very interested in the documents are a mysterious Russian operative, Tamara Zaleshoff (Brenda Marshall), and traitorous Nazi agent Colonel Robinson (Sydney Greenstreet).
      Director
      Raoul Walsh
      Producer
      Jerry Wald
      Screenwriter
      W. R. Burnett
      Distributor
      Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 3, 1943, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 20m
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