The Counterfeit Traitor


2h 20m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Eric Erickson, a Swedish oil trader, agrees to spy for the allies against the Nazis. His friends all turn away from him as the image of the collaborator colors all of his business and personal dealings. The action increases as he needs to escape before he is found out.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 Apr 1962
Production Company
Perlsea Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Counterfeit Traitor by Alexander Klein (New York, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

In 1942, Eric Erickson, an American-born naturalized Swedish citizen, is placed on the Allied blacklist for trading in oil with Nazi Germany. A few days later he is approached by Collins, a British Intelligence agent, who promises that if he will cooperate with the Allies by feeding them any information he picks up on his trips to Germany, his name will be cleared at the end of the war. Erickson knows he has no choice but to accept. By pretending to be pro-Nazi, he wins the confidence of high German officials, but the pretense causes his wife to leave him, and he is branded a traitor by his friends and countrymen. While on a trip to Berlin he meets Marianne Mollendorf, who later becomes his confederate and mistress. By inventing a plan to build an oil refinery in neutral Sweden to guarantee a fuel supply for Germany, Erickson gains permission to tour German refineries, the exact locations of which he passes on to Collins. At the same time, he is placed under surveillance by the Germans, and eventually the Gestapo discover that Marianne is working with the Allies and send her to Moabit Prison. Erickson also is arrested and is forced to watch her execution from a cell window. Though he is totally shattered by the experience, his claim that he never knew she was a spy is believed, and he is released. A short time later, however, he is exposed by a 12-year-old member of the Hitler Youth, the son of a friend whose support Erickson had enlisted. But with the help of the German underground Erickson escapes into Denmark, whence he is taken to Sweden aboard a Danish fishing boat. He is met by Collins and Max Gumpel, the one friend who never believed he was a traitor.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 Apr 1962
Production Company
Perlsea Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Counterfeit Traitor by Alexander Klein (New York, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

I'm curious. Ever since I met you, I've wondered what they have on you. The Allies, I mean. They've if I don't work for them, I lose my business.
- Eric Erickson
Oh, I see. Yes, I have something to lose too. If I don't help them I lose my self-respect. Well, haven't you ever opposed anything for the simple reason that it's wrong, morally wrong?
- Marianne Mollendorf

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in West Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and coastal villages of Sweden and Denmark.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 1962

Released in United States Summer July 1962