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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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Cast

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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: My conscience has always been like a well trained dog. You could tell it to go sit in a corner and be quiet and it would. Since I've known you it hasn't been quite so obedient. It keeps shouting for me to do the very thing that your conscience won't permit.
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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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Music by Alfred Newman
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Classic Wartime Suspense Film
14 October 2001 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

This one's a classic and a popular TV late show feature, and with good reason:: as other comments have suggested, it's a film to see over and over. Beautifully photographed and well acted, directed and scripted, Counterfeit Traitor is a notable exception to the decline in quality of the studio system product of the fifties and sixties.

William Holden is ideally cast as an everyman caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The rest of the cast is wonderful - vivid, even eccentric, but never over the top - and I include here a bit by then-unknown Klaus Kinski and an array of, with one exception, uniformly nasty Nazis. Even the conventional love interest between Holden and Lilli Palmer doesn't intrude on the action and fits nicely into the plot.

Since much of Counterfeit Traitor was filmed on location it's also a treat to see European stars we seldom get to see in domestic films, particularly the great Danish actor Poul Reichhardt as a fishing boat captain.

If you see Counterfeit Traitor on your (preferably commercial-free) movie channel line-up and have never seen it, stop being one of the few who haven't!


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