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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 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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Operation Cicero  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film later served as the inspiration for a short-lived TV series Five Fingers (1959) starring David Hedison. 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

Ulysses Diello: [to Moyzisch] ... and please don't have me followed. You Germans have no talent for it. You keep wanting to get ahead of the people you follow.
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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

Featured in Bulworth (1998) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Cool, underrated suspense film
14 July 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Another great performance by James Mason - he is wonderful as the brainy, underestimated valet of the British Ambassador to Turkey who feeds invaluable information to the Nazis for a price. The betrayals and counter-betrayals throughout make this a terrific suspense film. As usual, I find myself hoping that James Mason will get away with his crimes, even in spite of the despicable nature of his treachery and to whom he is betraying his secrets. The ending is satisfying in the most perfect way.


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