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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Espía por mandato  »

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Goofs

In the Copenhagen street scenes of Danish bicyclists blocking the Gestapo truck pursuing Erickson and the underground leaders, a blue-and-white late '50s car can briefly be seen in the background in one shot. See more »

Quotes

Eric Erickson: When other people hate you it's unfortunate. But when you hate yourself, it's unbearable.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits classify the cast members by country. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) See more »

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Marianna
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Damn Good Film
4 September 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I started watching this movie because I like European locations and, in general, movies that were made in the early 1960s.

After about 15 minutes into the movie, I was hooked. By the end of the movie, I decided this was one of the best WWII films I've ever seen.

American Movie Classics played a brief comment at the conclusion mentioning that Lilli Palmer had escaped Germany just prior to Hitler's rule and that the real Eric Erickson was present during the filming. Apparently, Ms. Palmer's final scene in the movie was shot at the same location that the incident actually occurred. The story goes that she was so emotional before shooting that scene, she was shaking. After that scene was completed, she received a standing ovation from the film crew.

The realism shows through in more than just that one scene. I highly recommend this movie.


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