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5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 7 March 1952 (USA)
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During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.


Michael Wilson (screenplay), L.C. Moyzisch (book)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
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 Herbert Berghof ... Col. von Richter
John Wengraf ... Count Franz Von Papen
Ben Astar ... Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
Roger Plowden Roger Plowden ... Keith Macfadden


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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The story of the highest-paid spy in history! See more »


Drama | Thriller


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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 »


In the Argentinian passports it says: "Numera del Retratio", "FOT TOMADO ET PULGER DERECHO". Should be: "Número del retrato", "FOTOGRAFÍA Y PULGAR DERECHO" See more »


Japanese Ambassador: [to Von Papen while the two of them listening a German vocalist singing Wagner] If Excellency will excuse me, I have suddenly acquired a rather severe headache.
Count Franz Von Papen: I've had mine for some time.
Japanese Ambassador: Perhaps from standing too much?
Count Franz Von Papen: From listening too much. Wagner makes me ill.
Japanese Ambassador: Herr von Papen, I hope your country appreciates you. You're the only unpredictable German I have ever met.
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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 »


Referenced in Akan ni hatsu (1975) See more »


Ride of the Valkyries
Composed by Richard Wagner
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That Albanian Scoundrel
5 May 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Up till recently I had never seen 5 Fingers, for some reason it is rarely shown on television. But in watching it I knew why Alfred Hitchcock had cast James Mason as villainous Philip Van Damm in North By Northwest. His role as Diello in 5 Fingers, the Albanian spy for profit, is apparently what Hitchcock saw before casting his film.

The setting of this is Ankara, capital of neutral Turkey in World War II. Mason is the valet of the British ambassador there and an Albanian national. He's hit upon a scheme to enrich himself with a little espionage.

Mason hits the jackpot with the secret plans for Overlord, the location and operation of the Allied invasion of Europe. He pulls off the caper of all time, but things go quite awry after that. Former employer Countess Danielle Darrieux does him wrong in a very big way.

Michael Rennie is fine as the intrepid British counter intelligence agent and the other outstanding performance is John Weingraf as Franz Von Papen the German Ambassador to Turkey at the time. He wasn't called the Fox for nothing.

If you enjoyed James Mason in that Hitchcock classic, you will not want to miss 5 Fingers.

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Release Date:

7 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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