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The Counterfeit Traitor Details


In this tense espionage drama set in 1942, William Holden plays Eric Erickson, an American-born Swede who is put on the Allied blacklist for trading oil with the Nazis. Collins (Hugh Griffith), a British intelligence agent, offers to expunge Erickson's name from the blacklist after the war in return for information on the Nazis. Erickson agrees to the plan and proceeds to make it look as if he is pro-Nazi. This subterfuge causes him to be branded a traitor, and his wife, believing Eric to be a Nazi, walks out on him. Nevertheless, Eric continues with his deceit and makes the Germans think that he is planning to construct an oil refinery in Sweden to serve as a fuel supply for Germany. As a result he is allowed entrance to four German oil refinery, and he passes on the information to Collins. But Eric is being put under surveillance by the Nazis. They discover that Eric's lover, Marianne (Lilli Palmer) is working for the Allies. Suddenly both Marianne and Eric are arrested and thrown into Moabit Prison -- with dire consequences for both of them. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


William Holden
as Eric Erickson
Lilli Palmer
as Marianne Mollendorf
Hugh Griffith
as Collins
Erica Beer
as Klara Holtz
Ernst Schroeder
as Baron von Oldenbourg
Eva Dahlbeck
as Ingrid Erickson
Ulf Palme
as Max Gumpel
Werner Peters
as Bruno Ulrich
Carl Raddatz
as Otto Holtz
Charles Regnier
as Wilhelm Kortner
Holger Hagen
as Carl Bradley
Günter Meisner
as Priest
Martin Berliner
as Porter
John Wittig
as Sven
Stefan Schnabel
as Jaeger
Wolfgang Preiss
as Col. Nordoff
René Kolldehoff
as Col. Erdmann
Albert Rueprecht
as Capt. Barlach
Bendt Rothe
as Mogens
Ejner Federspiel
as Prof. Christiansen
Max Buchsbaum
as Fischer
Peter Capell
as Unger
Erik Schumann
as Nazi-Gunboat Officer
Klaus Kinski
as Kindler
Ingrid van Bergen
as Hulda Windler


George Seaton
William Perlberg
George Seaton
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alma Macrorie
Hans Ebel
Edith Head
Costume Designer