Quickie: Mask of Dimitrios & Background to Danger

3 Jun

dimitriosThe Mask of Dimitrios and Background to Danger (on TCM late Tuesday, June 4 at 2:15 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., respectively) are not particularly well-known but are a great deal of fun if you enjoy a) convoluted WWII-era espionage and b) the glory that is the Peter Lorre/Sydney Greenstreet teamup. (George Raft is a comically wooden miscast mess in  Background, but even that’s entertaining if you know it’s coming.) In Dimitrios, the two of them aren’t even oily! It can happen! Sad that they never got their own detective duo series. Next to Powell & Loy, I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather see indulge in wry murder investigations. But it was never to be.

Anyway. These are fun.

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