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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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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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7 March 1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ambassador Franz von Papen was a former Chancellor of Germany. After he resigned from office, he worked with the Nazis and helped get Adolf Hitler appointed as Chancellor, and was therefore instrumental in the rise of the Third Reich. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, immediately after the reception of the diplomats, there is a scene of the German diplomat's vehicle leaving the reception. While the film takes place during WWII, the car is clearly passed by two early 50s American cars. See more »

Quotes

Count Franz Von Papen: You could have counted on our protection.
Countess Anna Staviska: I understand you're protecting all of my estates and possessions in Poland. Who has them?
Count Franz Von Papen: Field Marshall Goering, I believe.
Countess Anna Staviska: Many of our German friends before the War would come as our guests to hunt wild pigs. I refused to invite Goering. I couldn't tolerate Goering killing a wild pig. It seemed too much like brother killing brother.
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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 Akan ni hatsu (1975) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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James Mason Had the Last Laugh!
29 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Greatly enjoyed this 1952 film which was very well produced and the wonderful photography through out Istanbul, Turkey was outstanding. The Nazi agents and British tried to keep tabs on a spy who was giving out very important information and was sometimes not believed by the German Government. James Mason,(Ulysses Diello),"Voyage of the Damned",'76, gave an excellent performance and had lots of fun changing light bulbs and taking fuses out of the fuse boxes and setting alarms off, giving the cleaning lady a hard time trying to vacuum the rugs! Michael Rennie( George Travers),"The Lost World",'60, was a British Agent trying to track down the SPY. Ulysses Diello at one point in the film went into a wild laughing spell that just could not STOP! This is a great James Mason film, ENJOY!


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