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5 Fingers (1952)

aka 5 Fingers

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Details: 108 mins · English, German, Portuguese, Turkish


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Small Ulysses Diello
Small Condesa Anna Staviska
Small Colin Travers
Small Sir Frederic Taylor
No_movie_poster L. C. Moyzisch
No_movie_poster Col. von Richter
No_movie_poster Count Franz Von Papen
No_movie_poster Siebert (as A. Ben Astar)
No_movie_poster Keith Macfadden


No_movie_poster Bernard Herrmann Original Music Composer
Small Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
No_movie_poster Michael Wilson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Norbert Brodine Director of Photography
No_movie_poster James B. Clark Editor
No_movie_poster Otto Lang Producer
No_movie_poster L.C. Moyzisch Novel
Small Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writer
No_movie_poster L.C. Moyzisch Story Contributor


Turkey, 1944: German ambassador Franz von Papen and his British counterpart Sir Frederic Taylor attend a reception and encounter Countess Anna Staviska, who is a Frenchwoman and the widow of a Polish count. Now destitute, the countess volunteers to become a spy for a fee, but she is turned down.

A man approaches a German embassy atttache, Moyzisch, offering to provide Von Papen with top-secret British documents for a price: 20,000 pounds. What is not yet known by the Germans is that the man, Diello, is the personal valet to Sir Frederic as well as the former valet of the late count.

The documents taken from Sir Frederic's safe and photographed prove genuine. Diello is given the code name "Cicero" and asked to continue his subterfuge. Diello gives his money to Anna for safekeeping and pays her a portion of it, provided he be allowed to use her new villa as a meeting place for his transactions. When the valet also tells Anna his dream of living in South America together, she slaps his face. But she agrees to his conditions.

Moyzisch is summoned to Berlin by military officers suspicious of Cicero's true intent. A bombing of a Romanian City is carried out, exactly as Cicero's photographed documents had outlined. Colonel Von Richter is sent to Ankara to take over the negotiations with Cicero, while the British send a counter-intelligence man, Colin Travers, to identify the spy.

Anna's newfound wealth and previous willingness to become a spy cause her to fall under suspicion from Travers, who also rigs the ambassador's safe with a burglar alarm. Von Richter requests a document detailing an Allied operation called "Overlord." It is the D-Day invasion plan and Cicero wants 40,000 pounds for it.

Diello realizes that he could soon be killed by one side or captured by the other. He decides to leave for South America, only to discover that Anna has stolen all of his money and departed to Switzerland instead. A letter arrives from her to Sir Frederic that identifies his valet as the spy. Diello intercepts it while breaking into the safe, but sets off the alarm and must flee. He now knows for certain how Anna feels toward him.

Broke and on the run, Diello demands a 100,000-pound payment from the Germans for the D-Day information. He receives it, then manages to avoid getting killed or captured. A forged letter from Anna informs the Germans that the valet is actually a British spy, so they dispose of the D-Day document as unreliable.

Diello travels alone to Rio, where he is enjoying a new life of prosperity and freedom. Or at least he is until Brazilian authorities arrive to take him into custody because his money is counterfeit. Anna's money in Switzerland, he finds out, is fake as well.

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