Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

William Holden plays Erik Erickson, an American ex-patriot living in Stockholm. WWII has just begun. Erickson is an oil trader and as Sweden was neutral, he didn't care where the oil came from. This gives Erickson access to many German cities. He is blackmailed by British Agents and forced to spy for them. After seeing the brutal treatment of some Jewish prisoners, he goes from reluctant spy to eager spy. He proposes to build a refinery in Germany. This allows him to cultivate important relationships and recruit his own network. As the Nazi's take firmer control, his job becomes more risky. Eventually, he is uncovered and must escape back to Sweden. More

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