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5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 5 May 1952 (UK)
During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

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Colin Travers
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Sir Frederic Taylor
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L. C. Moyzisch
Herbert Berghof ...
Col. von Richter
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Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
Roger Plowden ...
Keith Macfadden
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Storyline

Based on a true story. In neutral Turkey during WWII, the ambitious and extremely efficient valet for the British ambassador tires of being a servant and forms a plan to promote himself to rich gentleman of leisure. His employer has many secret documents; he will photograph them, and with the help of a refugee Countess, sell them to the Nazis. When he makes a certain amount of money, he will retire to South America with the Countess as his wife. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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5 May 1952 (UK)  »

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Operation Cicero  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ulysses Diello's (James Mason) false Brazilian passport was forged with the name "Roberto Antonini" #678902. The text in bold above his fingerprint reads, "Fot Tomado El Pulgar Derecho", or Print Taken From Right Thumb. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, immediately after the reception of the diplomats, there is a scene of the German diplomat's vehicle leaving the reception. While the film takes place during WWII, the car is clearly passed by two early 50s American cars. See more »

Quotes

Countess Anna Staviska: Unfortunately, I have a dinner engagement. But he's an undersecretary and used to waiting.
Ulysses Diello: Any particular undersecretary, madam?
Countess Anna Staviska: Undersecretaries are never particular. Perhaps that's why they take me to dinner.
Ulysses Diello: It's far more likely that in madam's presence they feel like ambassadors.
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Before the movie title: This is a true story. All the exterior scenes in this picture were filmed in the locales associated with the story. See more »

Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Operation Cicero (1956) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Excellent all around
27 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film is far from forgotten. Fans of James Mason and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz know it well. It's one of the most intelligent spy thrillers ever thanks to an Oscar-winning screenplay by Michael Wilson ("Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia," and the original "Planet of the Apes"). It also has a score by Bernard Herrmann. What else do you need? Other comments here have told what the plot is, so all I'll say is I envy you if haven't seen it yet and plan to. It's gripping and enjoyable all the way, and wonderfully ironic.


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