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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1944 (USA)
Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Eric Ambler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sydney Greenstreet ... Mr. Peters
Zachary Scott ... Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson ... Irana Preveza
Peter Lorre ... Cornelius Leyden
Victor Francen ... Wladislaw Grudek
Steven Geray ... Karel Bulic
Florence Bates ... Madame Elise Chavez
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Marukakis (as Edward Ciannelli)
Kurt Katch ... Colonel Haki
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Anna Bulic
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Hans Werner
John Abbott ... Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue ... Abdul Dhris
David Hoffman ... Konrad
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Storyline

A mystery writer named Leyden is intrigued by the tale of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropolous, whose body was found washed up on the shore in Istanbul. He decides to follow the career of Dimitrios around Europe, to learn more about the man. Along the way, he is joined by mysterious Mr. Peters, who has his own motivation. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Thrilling successor to "The Maltese Falcon" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coffin for Dimitrios See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fifth film of eight pairing Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre released from 1941 to 1946. See more »

Goofs

When Mr.Peters is in Leyden's room and gives him two letters, Leyden holds the letters with his left hand while holding a cigarette with the right. But in the next immediate cut, Leyden is now holding an ashtray with the left hand and extinguishing the cigarette with the right. In addition, he is no longer holding the letters as they are now lying on his lap. See more »

Quotes

Dimitrios Makropoulos: Peterson was always too ingenious; and ingenuity is never a substitute for intelligence.
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Connections

Featured in Frightful Movie: The Mask of Dimitrios (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Breezin' Along With the Breeze
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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The best of all Eric Ambler adaptations
1 June 1999 | by Mike-754See all my reviews

Wonderful suspense film, with Lorre and Greenstreet, the Mutt and Jeff, of international intrigue, at the very top of their game, a great screen debut by Zachery Scott in the title role, and Victor Francen's very best performance in a minor but vital part. Atmosphere galore. -This- is the kind of film Warner Brothers did better than anyone else.


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