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The Mysterious Lady (1928)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 August 1928 (USA)
An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation.

Director:

Fred Niblo

Writers:

Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by), Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Tania Fedorova
Conrad Nagel ... Karl von Raden
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General Boris Alexandroff
Albert Pollet Albert Pollet ... Max Heinrich
Edward Connelly ... Colonel von Raden
Richard Alexander ... General's Aide
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Storyline

In Vienna, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Captain Karl von Raden and his partner Captain Max Heinrich learn in the box office that the ticket for the opera is sold-out. Out of the blue, a man returns his ticket and Karl buys it and shares a box with a gorgeous woman that is waiting for her cousin. Karl gives a ride home to the lady and they spend the night together. On the next day, they spend a wonderful day in the countryside together. Karl is assigned to travel to Berlin by train to deliver secret plans to the German government. His uncle, Colonel Eric von Raden, who is the chief of the Austrian secret service, advises Karl the woman with whom he had spent the previous day is the notorious Russian spy Tania Fedorova. While in the train, Tania meets Karl to tell that she is in love with him, but he rejects her telling that he knows who she is. On the next morning, Karl wakes up and finds that the plans have been stolen and he receives a message from Tania telling that ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Being the Dramatic Story of Tania, the Russian Spy, and Karl, the Austrian Officer (Print Ad- Saskatoon Star-Pheonix, ((Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)) 15 September 1928) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama Misteriosa See more »

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Budget:

$337,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Tania Fedorova: Karl, I admit I planned it all - to make you love me, if necessary -But what I had not planned was that I should - love you. You do believe me - you must!
Karl von Raden: Believe - a spy?
Tania Fedorova: You are a soldier - you serve your country in one way - I, mine, in another.
Karl von Raden: With lies - with your honor...
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Alternate Versions

In the TCM version, the final scenes involves Tania and a male character named Lucien, with the dialog cards in Russian. See more »

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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

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Seductive and intoxicating.
11 May 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

Fred Niblo is undoubtedly one of the most under-rated film-makers ever. His visual stylisations, here helped by the incredible photography of William Daniels, can make a fairly routine spy yarn into a beautiful work of art. Of course it helps when Greta Garbo is on your canvas. This is an astonishing film that, had it been given a more believable ending (tragic rather than happy), may well be considered a masterpiece today.

Garbo's beauty and superb acting abilities make the material compulsive. And Conrad Nagel matches her perfectly. Their first love scene is intoxicating in its beauty, and heart-stopping in its passion. It is one of the great love scenes of all time. And in the nail-biting climax there is a moment so grotesquely powerful that you will never forget it. This is a film to savour and love - it represents silent film at its very best. Yes the plot is slight, but what is conveyed beyond that plot is more than profound. And the excellent music score on the MGM video enhances this profundity. This film is beauty itself.


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