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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.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Alexander Klein (based on the book by), George Seaton (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Eric Erickson
Lilli Palmer ... Frau Marianne Möllendorf
Hugh Griffith ... Collins
Carl Raddatz ... Otto Holtz
Ernst Schröder Ernst Schröder ... Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Wilhelm Kortner
Ingrid van Bergen ... Hulda Windler
Wolfgang Preiss ... Col. Nordoff
Werner Peters ... Bruno Ulrich
Erica Beer ... Klara Holtz
Stefan Schnabel ... Gestapo Agent at Funeral
Klaus Kinski ... Kindler
Erik Schumann ... Nazi Gunboat Officer (as Erik Schuman)
Poul Reichhardt ... Fishing Boat Skipper
John Wittig 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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish | German

Release Date:

2 July 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Espía por mandato See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Eric Erickson: Suddenly, he becomes your brother.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: We wish to express our gratitude to the city governments of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and West Berlin whose co-operation made it possible to photograph the authentic locales in the re-creation of this true story. It begins in Stockholm, 1942... See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Marianna
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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decent overlooked WWII flick
12 July 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

A pretty engrossing film based on a real character and true events. Holden is excellent, as is Lilli Palmer. A somewhat slow start, but picks up fairly quickly. The ending takes a tad long to unwind. Technicolor is so superior to the color techniques used today; the movie is great to look at. Also, a good portrayal of the atmosphere of life in totalitarian Germany. Thank you, American Movie Classics for showing us this one.


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