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The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

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 ...
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Wilhelm Kortner
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Hulda Windler
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Colonel Nordoff
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Bruno Ulrich
Erica Beer ...
Klara Holtz
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Kindler
Erik Schumann ...
Nazi Gunboat Officer (as Erik Schuman)
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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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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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Eric Erickson: When other people hate you it's unfortunate. But when you hate yourself, it's unbearable.
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Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Counterfeit Traitor yes, but NOT a counterfeit movie.
11 August 1999 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews



One of the great WWII intrigue films perhaps because it was done 20 years emotionally removed from that incredible war, where good and evil were so clearly delineated. The story again proves the Bard right in that truth is stranger than fiction.

By 1962, when this film was released, William Holden's career had already gone into decline but certainly not his talent. A marvelous film shot in the actual European cities where the true story took place, a film that engenders repeated watching. This is a good one for a rainy Saturday night with or without a partner with whom to watch it.




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