ESPIONAGE: Charming Counterspy

All his life, roly-poly Boris Mihailovich Morros, 62, has been a suave Slav charmer with a St. Petersburg touch to his accent. As he tells it, when he was 16 and already conducting the Russian Imperial Symphony, the charmed Rasputin pressed gifts upon him. At 42, as a Hollywood musical director, he persuaded Leopold Stokowski to make his first motion picture (The Big Broadcast of 1937). Even the U.S. Government capitulated to his charm. During Boris' twelve-year stint as an undercover man keeping tabs on Soviet spies, bemused FBI men referred to him as their "special special agent."...

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