A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.
An ex-military accountant is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mob in Chicago in an attempt to break open the rackets. To complicate his job, two women stand in his way, each with their own agenda.
The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.
In the first minute or so there's a shot of the nearside front wing, bonnet and bonnet mounted spare wheel on a 4x4 type vehicle. This is a Land Rover. The Land Rover wasn't developed until several years after the war had ended. See more »
A true story from the annals of the Office of Strategic Services of the United States. See more »
Music by Peter Warren See more »
They always make the same mistake of getting mixed up with ladies in the spying game.
It takes some time before the action gets going in this film, but when it starts it never ceases to accelerate in intrigue, suspension and drama. Annemarie Duringer is prominetly leading the film by her very suave and susceptible character, most amiable but with an abyss of hidden agenda. Nigel Patrick is perfect as usual, almost too perfect, while Jeffrey Hunter is a bit of an outsider in this game, can't really handle his business nor himself, and he has to pay for it. It's very dark and almost claustrophobic in the insistency on scenes in labyrinthine insides, and only rarely you go out into dark streets för some following or spying or bullets. The title "Count Five and Die" gives away the whole drama - as a spy sent out on a mission you are given a cyanide capsule in case you get caught, and when you swallow it you count to five and die. It's very easy but not really and actually rather complicated, as you don't always reach that capsule in time...
It reminds very much of Anthony Asquith's "Orders to Kill" a few years earlier, it's the same kind of problems of innocence and the wrong people getting caught up in the wrong game, and above all the doom of destiny is there hanging around more people than anyone bargained for.
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