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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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Guilty of every sin that had a name! See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ulysses Diello's (James Mason) false Brazilian passport was forged with the name "Roberto Antonini" #678902. The text in bold above his fingerprint reads, "Fot Tomado El Pulgar Derecho", or "Print Taken From Right Thumb". 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: Do you have a nationality, Diello?
Ulysses Diello: Most people are born somewhere.
Countess Anna Staviska: You're not a native Englishman. What are you?
Ulysses Diello: Albanian... English by adoption.
Countess Anna Staviska: You're the only Albanian I've ever known.
Ulysses Diello: You know one, you know them all.
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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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Cool, underrated suspense film
14 July 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

Another great performance by James Mason - he is wonderful as the brainy, underestimated valet of the British Ambassador to Turkey who feeds invaluable information to the Nazis for a price. The betrayals and counter-betrayals throughout make this a terrific suspense film. As usual, I find myself hoping that James Mason will get away with his crimes, even in spite of the despicable nature of his treachery and to whom he is betraying his secrets. The ending is satisfying in the most perfect way.


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