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Writers:
Michael Wilson (screenplay)
L.C. Moyzisch (book)
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Release Date:
22 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
5 FINGERS...BEHIND THEM THE FABULOUS TRUE EXPLOITS OF THE HIGHEST PAID SPY IN HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
During WWII the valet to the English Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent all around See more (32 total) »

Cast

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James Mason ... Ulysses Diello

Danielle Darrieux ... Countess Anna Staviska

Michael Rennie ... Colin Travers
Walter Hampden ... Sir Frederic Taylor
Oskar Karlweis ... L. C. Moyzisch
Herbert Berghof ... Col. von Richter

John Wengraf ... Count Franz Von Papen
Ben Astar ... Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
Roger Plowden ... Keith Macfadden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Adrian ... Singer on French Record (voice) (uncredited)
Hannelore Axman ... Von Papen's Secretary (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alexis Davidoff ... Turk Guard (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Santos (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Italian Ambassador (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Diello's Butler (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... British Military Attaché (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Yeghishe Harout ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Hemingway ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul H. Jackson ... Turk (uncredited)
Aram Katcher ... Turk (uncredited)
Faith Kruger ... German Singer (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Japanese Ambassador (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Undersecretary (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ... Johnson (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Anna Staviska's Butler (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Moslem Priest (uncredited)
Jeroma Moshan ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Spectator (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Turkish Ambassador (uncredited)

Michael Pate ... Morrison (uncredited)
John Candan Rahmi ... Turk (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Turkish Policeman (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Banker (uncredited)
John Sutton ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Sadik Tarlan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Theil ... German Secretary (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Steuben (uncredited)
Joan Van Dyke ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Otto Waldis ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Patrick White ... Code Clerk (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Da Costa (uncredited)
Alfred Zeisler ... General Joseph Kaltenbrunner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
 
Writing credits
Michael Wilson (screenplay)

L.C. Moyzisch (book "Operation Cicero")

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Lang .... producer
Gerd Oswald .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... unit manager (uncredited)
Max Golden .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Otto Lang .... director of additional sequences (uncredited)
Gerd Oswald .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Florence O'Neill .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Mehmet Adil Ozkaptan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Otto von Strahl .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:K-12 (new visa: 1966) | France:U | Spain:18 | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
This was Joseph L. Mankiewicz's last film under his contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. A great deal of preparatory work had been already been done on the film when he expressed an interest in the story, and studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck was reluctant to let him wait out the last few months of his contract without doing anything. Mankiewicz rewrote the dialogue extensively without taking a credit, but his contract was up by the time the editing process had to begin. He always claimed that Zanuck, who supervised the editing, had taken out several of the film's best scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Count Franz Von Papen:I've often wondered, Countess - why did you leave Warsaw?
Countess Anna Staviska:Bombs were falling. I felt I was in the way.
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Soundtrack:
Flight of the ValkyriesSee more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Excellent all around, 27 August 2001
Author: haristas from USA

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.

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