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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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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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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 »

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Foam in the Countess' beer while she talks with Count von Papen. See more »

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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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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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Composed by Richard Wagner
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James Mason as valet turned espionage agent
5 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

James Mason does an excellent job as a suave valet to the British Ambassador in "Five Fingers." Desiring the life of a Rio de Janeiro gentleman, he starts selling secrets out of the Ambassador's safe to the Nazis, with the help of the wife of his former employer, Danielle Darrieux. Michael Rennie is brought in to see if he can discover the source of the leak.

Joseph Mankiewicz directed the film, and it's done in partial documentary style with narration. It's based on a true story, though the Darrieux character was invented for the film.

This is a highly entertaining film with some wonderful, suspenseful moments, a neat twist at the end, and the highly atmospheric Turkish scenery. Highly recommended.


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