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 ...
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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22 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Operation Cicero  »

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French visa # 12630. See more »

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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 »

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Countess Anna Staviska: [to Moyzich] Please, Moyzich, don't look at me as if you had a source of income other than your salary.
[He clicks his heels and leaves]
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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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James Mason as valet turned espionage agent
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Mason does an excellent job as a suave valet to the British Ambassador in "Five Fingers." Desiring the life of a Rio de Janeiro gentleman, he starts selling secrets out of the Ambassador's safe to the Nazis, with the help of the wife of his former employer, Danielle Darrieux. Michael Rennie is brought in to see if he can discover the source of the leak.

Joseph Mankiewicz directed the film, and it's done in partial documentary style with narration. It's based on a true story, though the Darrieux character was invented for the film.

This is a highly entertaining film with some wonderful, suspenseful moments, a neat twist at the end, and the highly atmospheric Turkish scenery. Highly recommended.


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