The Counterfeit Traitor

The Counterfeit Traitor

George Seaton (1962)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Adapted from Alexander Klein's book about the true-life exploits of a Swedish undercover agent, this is a slickly made espionage story, but with too few moments of nail-biting tension to justify its excessive running time. As the oil importer posing as a Nazi sympathiser, William Holden hurtles across northern Europe with some conviction, and is well supported in his endeavours by the likes of Lilli Palmer, Eva Dahlbeck and Klaus Kinski. But while writer/director George Seaton makes glossy use of his locations and keeps the dialogue terse and credible, he too often dawdles when the action demands a bit of dash.


An American oil baron living in Sweden is blackmailed by the Allies into spying on the Nazis during the Second World War. Espionage drama, starring William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith and Werner Peters.

Cast & Crew

Actor William Holden
Actor Lilli Palmer
Actor Hugh Griffith
Actor Werner Peters
Director George Seaton

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd