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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)  »

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Espía por mandato  »

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Goofs

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: Suddenly, he becomes your brother.
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Referenced in Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) See more »

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Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Realistic Spy Flick that is underrated.
27 March 1999 | by (Great Neck, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie a few times and each time its gets better. William Holden plays a true life character who was a Swedish Oil executive who is blackmailed into becoming an agent for the Allies in Nazi Germany. Holden's performance is true to life in this film. His character is not a glamorous secret agent who takes on the entire Gestapo and makes love to scores of beautiful women with no ill-effects on his person. Holden's character narrates the story much through the film and one is genuinely engrossed in his exploits and how he will escape out of the country in the film climax. In addition, the producers filmed the story in postwar Germany using authentic locations. Plus the atmosphere of the film captures much of the ordinary day to day life during the latter days of Nazi Germany. Great Film and one of Holden's better performances


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