Background To Danger

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Have wisecrack, will travel

BACKGROUND TO DANGER is forgotten today, but it did pretty good business in 1943, grossing $3,100,000. One of at least 37 features that year that dealt with one aspect or another of WW2 (not counting serials and documentaries), this one had a tough Yank (George Raft) sorting loyalties in non-aligned Turkey, shrewdly sitting this one out after the debacle of WW1.  Tight-lipped (and pretty colorless) George has to work with the Soviet spy team of Brenda Marshall and Peter Lorre against the Nazi swine led by Sydney Greenstreet.

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Jolly employee of Adolph

Directed by Raoul Walsh, it clips along for 80 minutes, trying to create a viable atmosphere with a slim budget (cue those miniature trains) and generate some exotica ala Casablanca (which Raft turned down–whoops).

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Sly servant of Stalin

With Osa Massen, Turhan Bey and Kurt Katch. W.R. Burnett wrote the script off a novel by Eric Ambler. William Faulkner pitched in, uncredited.

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