In neutral Turkey during WWII, the 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.
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Tribute to the eternal beauty of Danielle DARRIEUX in Countess Staviska, flamboyant, intriguing & ruined woman of the world, becoming a dreadful Mata Hari of WW2. --- Hommage à l'éternelle beauté de Danielle DARRIEUX en Comtesse Staviska, femme du monde intrigante, ruinée & hautaine, devenue une redoutable Mata Hari de la 2ème guerre mondiale. --- James MASON is just brilliant !
2.5 stars. This well cast movie with a great story would seem to be fool-proof. However, Mankiewicz is the wrong man for the job. He has no visual style and his treatment lacks irony and tension and, surprisingly, wit.