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5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 7 March 1952 (USA)
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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Sir Frederic Taylor
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Col. von Richter
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Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
Roger Plowden ...
Keith Macfadden
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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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7 March 1952 (USA)  »

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Operation Cicero  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

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 »

Quotes

Countess Anna Staviska: Unfortunately, I have a dinner engagement. But he's an undersecretary and used to waiting.
Ulysses Diello: Any particular undersecretary, madam?
Countess Anna Staviska: Undersecretaries are never particular. Perhaps that's why they take me to dinner.
Ulysses Diello: It's far more likely that in madam's presence they feel like ambassadors.
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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 »

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Referenced in All About Mankiewicz (1983) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Excellent film
23 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the great spy films. Mason gives his trademark cool, expert performance as a slippery, suave spy for the Nazis. The story is one of 20th Century Fox's series of documentary-style films based on real events during World War II.

The sense of danger and suspense is well handled, and the conclusion is Shakespearian in irony. This is a minor classic -- minor simply because few people know about it. See it if you get the chance.


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