Superior thriller concerning a mystery writer (Peter Lorre) having an Istanbul vacation when the body of international criminal Dimitrios Makropolous (Zachary Scott, in his film debut) washes ashore. Fascinated, the author starts a global hunt into Dimitrios' past, and an alliance with one of his victims (Sydney Greenstreet) soon uncovers some unsettling facts. Faye Emerson, George Tobias co-star under Jean Negulesco's direction. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.