Director: Jules Dassin
Writer: Monja Danischewsky
From novel: The Light of the Day by Eric Ambler
Original Music by: Manos Hadjidakis
Producer: Jules Dassin
Elizabeth Lipps has master jewel thief Walter Harper assemble a team of amateurs to break into the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul and steal a priceless Ottoman dagger encrusted with three emeralds. One of the team is the bumbling Arthur Simpson, planted by police who think they are terrorists. Peter Ustinov won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Dassin cast his girlfriend, Melina Mercouri, as the lead.
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