WWII spy thriller set in Ankara. An American gets handed an envelope by a distressed lady on a train. Turns out the envelope is wanted by the Germans, the Russians and probably some other countries' spy agencies as well.
The plot is a bit confusing and there are many better thrillers from the 1940s, but this film is fairly entertaining. The two big pluses are Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, playing their usual roles but as always very professionally. The lead is George Raft, whom I had never heard of before and who lacks the charisma of, say, Humphrey Bogart.
No great shakes, but as a matinee type movie (and period piece, love those 1940s clothes and street scenes!) it is OK.
for this film, george raft's last vehicle for "warner bros," he finished on a routine and weak film that has nothing new to offer whatsoever. the fact that raft couldn't act his way out of a paper bag is probably quite telling as he was never taken seriously by the studio, not helped by the disagreements he was involved in. he merely sleep-walks his way through "background to danger" which should be referred to as "background to boredom." acclaimed actors peter lorre and sidney greenstreet are practically standing about with their hands in their pockets as they are given little to do and even when they are, it isn't very much. all the usual studio backlots are in evidence but they haven't been put to any good use either. this is more of a curiosity than anything else.