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5 Fingers -- 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.


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Michael Wilson (screenplay)
L.C. Moyzisch (book)
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Release Date:
22 February 1952 (USA) See more »
During WWII the valet to the British 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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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)
Keith McConnell ... Johnson (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Member of Parliament (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)

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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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:K-12 (new visa: 1966) | France:U | Spain:18 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #15489) | USA:TV-G (tv rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The £120,000 the Germans paid to Cicero would, after taking into consideration the exchange rates and adjusting for inflation, be equivalent to about $8,000,000 in 2014.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Our man in Rio!, 24 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This forgotten film brilliantly directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz is one of the best spy films we have seen in recent memory. The film holds the viewer in suspense up the last frame. Mr. Mankiewicz was working on the fine screen play written by Michael Wilson, based on a real incident told by L. C. Moyzisch, a German officer who is a key player in the story.

The film opens in Ankara, Turkey's capital during WWII. The place is swarming with spies and intrigues. We are taken to a reception where we encounter Countess Anna, a beautiful woman of uncertain age, who is living below her means in the country. Anna asks for monetary help to a German officer, who she has met before. At this point, we meet Diello, a valet to the English ambassador to Turkey. Diello has a proposal for Moyzisch, a German connected to the embassy. He proposes a deal where he will cooperate in spying for the Germans in exchange of heavy amounts of money.

Since Diello needs a front, Countess Anna, becomes the a desirable object for this man's plans in how to conduct the business. Thus the impoverished countess agrees to the plan. Countess Anna becomes a hostess who gathers in her new elegant surroundings the cream of the diplomatic society. The countess goes along with the scheme, but at the same time, she deeply resents the idea of having Diello, a man that is not from her circle and background, be treated as her equal.

The film works because what we see is what really happened. This being a real story, is not something that came out of some writer's imagination. On the contrary, we are completely astounded in the way this Diello was able to fool his superiors at the embassy. We watch as Diello goes about the business of spying right at the ambassador's office without being caught.

There are two ironic twists to the story that come as complete surprises to us. In a way, because one is not expecting, the first one is the betrayal to Diello by the heartless countess, and the second one is at the conclusion of the film. This last one is something that keeps us laughing along with Diello and in turn to the woman who double crossed him.

James Mason, is excellent as Diello. Mr. Mason was an actor that always delivered. In his English films, as well as some of his Hollywood movies, this actor projected such a powerful figure. His method of working always amazes because his performances always build up to unexpected results. The film belongs to Mr. Mason, who is terrific and charismatic.

Danielle Darrieux, one of the best French film actresses of all times, makes a delightful appearance as Countess Anna. She transforms herself from a the woman trying to eke out a living to the sophisticated lady of a society she felt comfortable with because she was born into it.

The supporting roles are quite good. The surprise was Herbert Berghof, one of the most famous acting teachers of all times making a rare appearance.

"5 Fingers" has a great black and white cinematography by Norman Brodine who captures some of those Turkish locales in all their splendor. The film score by Bernard Herrmann adds another dimension to the film. Thanks to Mr. Mankiewicz, this is a film that will please his admirers.

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