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5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, 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.

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

5 FINGERS...BEHIND THEM THE FABULOUS TRUE EXPLOITS OF THE HIGHEST PAID SPY IN HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Portuguese | Turkish | French

Release Date:

7 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Cicero See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,317
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz met the real spy code-named Cicero while filming in Turkey. The man, Elyesa Bazna, offered to serve as a technical advisor on the film but was turned down. His former Nazi handler, German diplomat L.C. Moyzisch, also made the same offer to the producers but was also turned down. After the film's release, Moyzisch was very displeased by the depiction of him. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in Danielle Darrieux: Il est poli d'être gai! (2019) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Excellent all around
27 August 2001 | by haristasSee all my reviews

This film is far from forgotten. Fans of James Mason and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz know it well. It's one of the most intelligent spy thrillers ever thanks to an Oscar-winning screenplay by Michael Wilson ("Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia," and the original "Planet of the Apes"). It also has a score by Bernard Herrmann. What else do you need? Other comments here have told what the plot is, so all I'll say is I envy you if haven't seen it yet and plan to. It's gripping and enjoyable all the way, and wonderfully ironic.


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