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4 disc box-set featuring classic James Mason movies. '5 Fingers' (1952) is a World War 2 espionage thriller based on the real-life memoirs of L.C. 'Cicero' Moyzisch. Mason is the anti-hero protagonist, a man known to his superiors only by the code-name Cicero. Outwardly the efficient and discreet valet of the British Ambassador to Ankara in Turkey, he is in fact acting as a ruthless spy, photographing top-secret documents detailing plans for the D-Day invasion and selling them to the highest bidder - which just happens to be the Nazi government. 'The Man Between' (1953) is set prior to the end of the Cold War and Mason stars as a sardonic double agent. He finds himself falling in love with the beautiful and very British Claire Bloom while dogged by the pressures of political espionage and the attentions of his Cold War counterpart, Hildegard Neff. In 'The Man In Grey' (1943) Clarissa befriends impoverished stunner Hesther who then repays her friendship by trying to steal Clarissa's evil husband. An all-star cast (Margaret Lockwood, Mason, Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger) bring this elaborate, romantic, melodramatic costume drama to life.In 'Odd Man Out' (1946) Mason plays a hitman in a tense, atmospheric thriller from the director of 'The Third Man'. Johnny (James Mason) is the idealistic leader of an illegal organisation on the run after escaping from prison. An attempt to hold up a linen mill goes wrong and Johnny is badly wounded. As the police hunt him down, Johnny searches for Kathleen, the woman who loves him.