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  • Documentary and factual
  • Thriller
  • 1952
  • Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • 103 mins
  • PG

Summary

Spy drama starring James Mason. An Albanian servant working at the British Embassy in Ankara stumbles across top secret documents and, using the code name Cicero, begins to sell them to the Nazis.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Loosely based on fact, this spy thriller stars James Mason as the Albanian valet who, while serving the British Ambassador to Turkey, peddles secrets to the Germans. Michael Rennie is the detective trying to plug the leak, while Danielle Darrieux is a mysterious countess. Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz in order to free himself from a contract with Fox (for whom he had made All about Eve), it's a sophisticated and often witty affair dominated by Mason's suave duplicity. Blacklisted screenwriter Michael Wilson found his structure retained but his dialogue extensively rewritten by Mankiewicz; the same thing happened again to Wilson on Lawrence of Arabia ten years later.

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Credits

Cast

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CiceroJames Mason
AnnaDanielle Darrieux
George TraversMichael Rennie
Sir FredericWalter Hampden
MoyzischOscar Karlweis
Col von RichterHerbert Berghof
Von PapenJohn Wengraf
SiebertA Ben Astar
MacFaddenRoger Plowden
MorrisonMichael Pate
SteubenIvan Triesault
Von Papen's secretaryHannelore Axman
Da CostaDaid Wolfe
SantosLawrence Dobkin
Turkish ambassadorNestor Paiva
Italian ambassadorAntonio Filauri
Japanese ambassadorRichard Loo

Crew

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DirectorJoseph L Mankiewicz

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Languages
English | German | Portuguese | French | Turkish
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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