During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands: but she does not say which one.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
No Way Out (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte
The Honey Pot (1967)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Inspired by a performance of his favorite play, "Volpone," 20th-century millionaire Cecil Fox devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Cliff Robertson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A British brain surgeon punishes the murderess of his lover.

Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: James Mason, Rosamund John, Pamela Mason
Caged (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young naive American and a cynical older British diplomat disagree over politics in 1952 Vietnam and over a beautiful young native girl.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, Claude Dauphin
Criss Cross (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Colin Travers
Walter Hampden ...
Sir Frederic Taylor
Oskar Karlweis ...
L. C. Moyzisch
Herbert Berghof ...
Col. von Richter
...
Ben Astar ...
Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
Roger Plowden ...
Keith Macfadden
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Guilty of every sin that had a name! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

22 February 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Cicero  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'5 Fingers'', awful title!! axxellien
Beverly Hillbillies Mansion krains
Origin Of Movie Title aripin-1
pronounce ''cicero''-pls help bittermilk2
Wonderful finale anneandwalt-1
Who's the singer on the soundtrack? jlittner
Discuss 5 Fingers (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?