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The Adventures of the Three Reporters (1926)

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Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.

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Credited cast:
Natalya Glan ...
Igor Ilyinsky ...
Vladimir Fogel ...
Fogel, a photojournalist
Boris Barnet ...
Sergey Komarov ...
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ...
Arthur Stern / Engineer Johnson
Natalya Rozenel ...
Elizabeth Stern
Mikhail Rozen-Sanin ...
Gordon Stern
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anel Sudakevich
Mikhail Zharov


Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.

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26 October 1926 (Soviet Union)  »

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(3 parts)

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Did You Know?


At 24 years old, this was Boris Barnet's Directorial debut. He also plays one of the lead characters in the film. See more »


During the "road rally" sequence in Part Three, the shadow of the camera car is briefly visible, along with that of the cameraman, cranking furiously. See more »


Nurse: Who is next in line for an enema?
Barnet - Reporter: Fogel, was it you?
Vogel - Reporter: How do you like that! I cross the ocean to save an entire country and what stops me - an enema!
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Making fun of America's Wicked Capitalists
7 September 2010 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is quite a find. I'm watching this serial on TCM right now. A Soviet melodrama (with humour) based on a Russian pulp novel heroine modeled on "The Perils of Pauline" is the pretext for a satire of American institutions (wicked capitalists, anti-Soviet hatred, rampant racism) while never failing to entertain. Its central premise is a plot by rich American fanatics to poison the whole Russian population with bacterial warfare triggered by radio antennas. Its main protagonists are a resourceful typist and three reporters alternately channeling The Three Stooges and The Three Musketeers.

While referencing France's "Judex" and the much more somber Fritz Lang spy thrillers of the same era, the film keeps a light tone thanks to actors who are talented, easy on the eyes and physically fit, a necessary requirement for the many action scenes.

The many complex and involving story-telling tricks and subtleties are what will keep you riveted to the screen, however. These characters look and feel like real people you could actually care about. Many of the incidents in this serial would find their way in the comic-book "Adventures of Tintin" later on.

It's interesting to note that one of the co-directors, Fedor Ozep, went on to make films in France ("La Dame de Pique", 1937) and that Quebec's burgeoning cinema of the forties owes him two important early films ("Le Père Chopin" and "La Citadelle").

The depiction of an "imagined America" by a foreign filmmaker is very rare in the history of cinema, although Americans never had any compunction about slapping together their recreation of other countries in their own image on film.

One of the only other parallels I can think of is Henri Verneuil's 1953 comedy "L'Ennemi public numéro un"/"The Most Wanted man", starring Fernandel as a timid Macy's product demonstrator who gets mistaken for a notorious criminal. It was a satire of American gangster films as perceived by the French audience who had a love-hate relationship with them.

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