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5 Fingers (1952)

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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
Walter Hampden ...
Sir Frederic Taylor
Oskar Karlweis ...
L. C. Moyzisch
Herbert Berghof ...
Col. von Richter
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Ben Astar ...
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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 FINGERS...BEHIND THEM THE FABULOUS TRUE EXPLOITS OF THE HIGHEST PAID SPY IN HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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22 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Cinco dedos  »

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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

When the Britsh ambassador's valet Diello (Brit James Mason) suggests that his new German spymaster change the combination on the latter's safe, he gives the existing combination 1-30-33 as based on the date of Hitler's rise to power, suggesting instead 6-18-15, the date of the Battle of Waterloo. One would expect an employee of the Britsh Embassy (particularly one born in the UK) to have used "European" notation (date/month/year) instead of US notation (month/day/year), particularly when speaking with a German. See more »

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Ulysses Diello: So many more people go into German embassies than come out. I've often wondered what attraction could keep them there so long.
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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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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Operation Cicero (1956) See more »

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Flight of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Excellent film
23 July 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the great spy films. Mason gives his trademark cool, expert performance as a slippery, suave spy for the Nazis. The story is one of 20th Century Fox's series of documentary-style films based on real events during World War II.

The sense of danger and suspense is well handled, and the conclusion is Shakespearian in irony. This is a minor classic -- minor simply because few people know about it. See it if you get the chance.


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