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The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

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Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

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Eric Erickson
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Frau Marianne Möllendorf
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Collins
Carl Raddatz ...
Otto Holtz
Ernst Schröder ...
Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg
Charles Regnier ...
Wilhelm Kortner
Ingrid van Bergen ...
Hulda Windler
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Colonel Nordoff
Werner Peters ...
Bruno Ulrich
Erica Beer ...
Klara Holtz
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Kindler
Erik Schumann ...
Nazi Gunboat Officer (as Erik Schuman)
Poul Reichhardt ...
Fishing Boat Skipper
John Wittig ...
Sven
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An American oil company executive of Swedish descent, now living in Sweden, is blackmailed into spying for the Allies during World War II. At first resentful, his relationship with a beautiful German Allied agent causes him to realize how vital his work is. When he learns that his anti-Nazi German associates are under suspicion from the Gestapo, he risks his own life to go back inside Nazi Germany to finish his work and try to save his friends. It's an exciting story with great characters, filmed partly in the locations where the story took place. Written by Carol

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2 July 1962 (Sweden)  »

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Espía por mandato  »

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When Erickson goes to the "red light" district in Hamburg to make his contact with the underground, the street is ablaze with light from the windows and street lamps, something that would never have been seen in wartime, when blackout precautions were rigidly imposed - particularly in a city like Hamburg, which was a routine and consistent target of Allied bombers. See more »

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Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg: Strange... You can read about a hundred atrocities, hear about a thousand, but you only have to see *one*!
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A wonderful World War Two story
12 June 2005 | by (Huntsville, Utah) – See all my reviews

The picture captures the true feeling of the war and the heroic attempt of a few people to contribute to the destruction of a dictatorship.

The line " you can read about a hundred atrocities, hear about a thousand, but you only have to see one" will always stay with me.

I wonder why Eric Erickson has not been mentioned in history as a hero of World War Two? He was very similar to Oscar Shindler. I would hope that the real story of Eric Erickson is told some day.

Lilli Palmer was wonderful and injected the reality of the war inside Germany throughout the picture. She was the most believable of all the characters. The scenes in the prison and her character's death were very realistic and left you with how helpless they were under the Nazi regime.

Next to " The Bridge On The River Kwai" this is William Holden's best picture.


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