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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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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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Operation Cicero  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 13, 1952 with James Mason reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Foam in the Countess' beer while she talks with Count von Papen. See more »

Quotes

Ulysses Diello: You'll find it quite intolerable that your wealth was the gift of a servant.
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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 »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Witty, Suspenseful & Well-Acted!
4 March 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this film when I tuned in to the History channel of all places, hoping for a diversion. I was immediately caught up in this suspenseful and well-acted TRUE STORY of how and why the Nazis obtained advance knowledge of the D-Day invasion, but made no use of it. Some of the most implausible aspects of this fictionalized account - the delicious surprise twist at the end - are TRUE! One of my film guides informed me that "5 Fingers" won the '53 Golden Globe for its excellent screenplay. The highlights of the witty script include the interplay of James Mason, as the suave valet I couldn't help rooting for, and Danielle Darrieux, as the penniless yet glamourously seductive Countess Staviska. The acting of these two is top-notch; the supporting cast is consistently strong, and the Turkish location shooting gives it body. And the direction, by Joseph Mankiewicz is solid. This is a film about which you will ask, as I did: "Why Haven't I Heard of THIS one Before!?!"


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