THE FABULOUS TALE OF A MAN OF MYSTERY!
Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre), a mystery writer, hears about the recent death of the nefarious Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary Scott), becomes intrigued and starts following the traces of this master criminal. Director Jean Negulesco’s breakthrough film is a fast, entertaining and dark story that (seemingly) takes its audience from one exotic location to the other. It’s easy to see why Leyden becomes fascinated with Dimitrios; is it true that he was evil incarnate and what secrets was he hiding? Flashbacks give us a chance to judge his character. Scott is good in his debut as the charming but lethal Dimitrios and the film reunites Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet once again to great effect.
1944-U.S. 95 min. B/W. Produced by Henry Blanke. Directed by Jean Negulesco. Screenplay: Frank Gruber. Novel: Eric Ambler (“A Coffin for Dimitrios”). Cast: Peter Lorre (Cornelius Leyden), Sydney Greenstreet (Eric Peters), Zachary Scott (Dimitrios Makropoulos), Faye Emerson, Victor Francen, George Tobias.