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The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 2 July 1962 (Sweden)
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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Ernst Schröder ...
Charles Regnier ...
Wilhelm Kortner
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Col. Nordoff
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Bruno Ulrich
Erica Beer ...
Klara Holtz
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Gestapo Agent at Funeral
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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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Trivia

The German spy for the OSS, Frau Marianne Möllendorf in the movie, was a real person whom Erickson fell in love with. Her real name was Anne-Maria Freudenreich. The Swedish national archives in Stockholm have photographs and letters Erickson received from her. See more »

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: Suddenly, he becomes your brother.
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Opening credits classify the cast members by country. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Happy Days: Joanie Gets Wheels (1980) See more »

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Marianna
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Masterpiece!
14 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I never tire of watching this great WWII spy/romance film. In my opinion, it is the single greatest World War II spy film ever made. It truly captures the danger, uneasiness, and on-the-edge drama of the life of a spy. William Holden is brilliant as Eric Erickson, the reluctant spy, and his story totally captivates us. It makes one wonder how many other stories like this one occurred during the war. The scene where the character of Hans Holtz (young Nazi boy who wants to turn Erickson in to the authorities) is truly riveting. When the film is over you wish there were more. If anyone can tell me the titles of any similar films, I would appreciate it. William Holden has to be the greatest actor of his generation!


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