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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 »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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excellent, definitely underrated See more (35 total) »


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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)

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:TV-G (tv rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 13, 1952 with James Mason reprising his film role.See more »
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 »
Japanese Ambassador:Baron von Papen, I hope your country appreciates you. You're the only unpredictable German I have ever met.See more »
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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
excellent, definitely underrated, 6 December 2002
Author: charley-8 from florida

I remember reading the book on which this film is based more than fifty years ago, as well as seeing it when it was first released. I have just viewed it again and want to encourage others to see it. It is well crafted in every respect -- taut direction, superb performances, and a very fine screenplay. This film deserves more recognition.

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