Boris Morros
American spy
Boris Morros
Boris Morros was an American Communist Party member, Paramount Studios producer, Soviet agent, and FBI double agent. Morros was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and emigrated with his family to America in 1922. He was recruited as a Soviet spy in 1934, and Vasily Zarubin first became his contact in 1936. The mysterious "Mr Guver" letter, sent to FBI Director J.
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NYTimes - almost 14 years
SAM SPIEGEL The Incredible Life and Times of Hollywood's Most Iconoclastic Producer. . . . By Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Illustrated. 464 pp. New York: Simon & Schuster. $30. THIS book was written out of a kind of love, as the author tells us right off. Sam Spiegel (1901-85), a ''treasured friend'' of her stepfather, Harold Pinter, and her mother,
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Romantics and Hustlers With Gloves, Cloaks and Daggers
NYTimes - about 18 years
THE HAUNTED WOOD Soviet Espionage in America -- The Stalin Era By Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev Illustrated. 402 pages. Random House. $30. ''The Haunted Wood,'' as its subtitle spells out, is a history of Soviet espionage in the United States during Stalin's dictatorship. More exactly, the book covers the period from around 1933, when the
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Thomas B. Gilchrist Jr., 81, a Former Prosecutor
NYTimes - over 23 years
Thomas B. Gilchrist Jr., a former city, state and Federal prosecutor whose cases included mobsters, bingo profiteers, Communists and spies, died at home on Saturday. He was 81 and lived in South Salem, N.Y. The cause was heart failure, his family said. Mr. Gilchrist served as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of
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Martha Dodd Stern Is Dead at 82; Author and an Accused Soviet Spy
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Martha Dodd Stern, an American author who in the 1930's and 1940's wrote popular books about Nazi Germany and later fled behind the Iron Curtain when she and her wealthy husband, Alfred K. Stern, were accused of being Soviet spies, died on Aug. 10 in Prague, friends reported. She was 82 years old and had lived in the Martha Dodd Stern, an
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NYTimes - over 30 years
Alfred K. Stern, a former Illinois housing administrator who was charged in 1957 with spying for the Soviet Union, died of cancer today in his Prague exile, his wife said. He was 88 years old. Mr. Stern and his wife, Martha Dodd Stern, left the United States in 1953 after being accused of subversive anti-American activities. They were indicted in
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Charles Samuels, 79; Journalist, Biographer
NYTimes - almost 35 years
Charles Samuels, the journalist and biographer of Clark Gable, Tex Rickard, Ethel Waters and other celebrities, died April 27 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he had lived in retirement for the last several years. He was 79 years old. Mr. Samuels's most noteworthy books were biographies and autobiographies written as co-author with the subjects, most
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Boris Morros
  • 1963
    Age 72
    He died in New York City on January 8, 1963.
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  • 1960
    Age 69
    In 1960,Man on a String a feature film loosely based on Morros' adventures as a counterspy, was released.
    More Details Hide Details Ernest Borgnine played Morros, who co-wrote the screenplay. Morris' movie production credits include The Flying Deuces (1939) with Laurel and Hardy and Second Chorus (1940) with Paulette Goddard and Fred Astaire. Morros also worked with Bing Crosby, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, and Rudy Vallee.
  • 1947
    Age 56
    In 1947, Morros became a counterspy for the FBI.
    More Details Hide Details He then reported on Jack Soble and members of the Soble spy ring, while also passing low-level secrets and misinformation back to Moscow. Morros' codename in Soviet intelligence and the Venona files is "FROST."
  • 1943
    Age 52
    In December 1943, Zarubin drove with Morros to Connecticut, where they met with Alfred Stern and his wife Martha Dodd Stern.
    More Details Hide Details Soviet intelligence wanted to use an investment from the Sterns in Morros' sheet music company to serve as cover for espionage. The Sterns invested $130,000 in the Boris Morros Music Company.
    The mysterious "Mr Guver" letter, sent to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1943 from an anonymous source now widely believed to be KGB Officer Vassili Mironov, named Morros as an agent working with Soviet intelligence and identified Elizabeth Zarubina as Morros' contact.
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  • 1934
    Age 43
    He was recruited as a Soviet spy in 1934, and Vasily Zarubin first became his contact in 1936.
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  • 1922
    Age 31
    Morros was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and emigrated with his family to America in 1922.
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  • 1891
    Age 0
    Born in 1891.
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