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26 October 1926 (Soviet Union) See more »
Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Natalya Glan ... Miss Vivian Mend, a typist
Igor Ilyinsky ... Tom Hopkins, a clerk

Vladimir Fogel ... Fogel, a photojournalist

Boris Barnet ... Barnet, a reporter

Sergey Komarov ... Chiche
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

Anna Sten ... Typist (uncredited)

Directed by
Boris Barnet 
Fyodor Otsep 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Boris Barnet 
Fyodor Otsep 
Vasili Sakhnovsky  (as V. Sakhnovsky)
Marietta Shaginyan  novel

Original Music by
Robert Israel (2009 New Score)
Cinematography by
Yevgeni Alekseyev 
Art Direction by
Vladimir Yegorov 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Boris Barnet .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"Miss Mend" - Soviet Union (original title)
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250 min (3 parts)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Barnet - Reporter:Leave us alone or I'll do something rude.See more »


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A lot of fun, 30 March 2014
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A three part Russian serial, running a little over four hours. It's a pretty big time commitment, but this series is darn entertaining. It's a sometimes uneasy combination of Soviet propaganda and American adventure, with the American adventure kind of winning out in the end. The film starts off more on the propaganda side, with three American reporters (Barnet himself, Vladimir Fogel, who starred in many famous films of the era including The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West, By the Law, Chess Fever, The End of St. Petersberg, and Igor Ilyinsky, who starred in Aelita: Queen of Mars) covering a workers' strike. As corporate lackeys, they only care about sensationalism, and the three of them fall for the factory's own Norma Rae, Miss Vivian Mend (Natalya Glan). The propaganda aspects start to fade into more Feuillade-inspired crime conspiracy territory, with villain Chiche (Sergey Komarov) using corporate funds to create a biological weapon he plans to use against the Soviet Union. The film also has some elements of German expressionism, with direct references to Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari sprinkled in. Over the course of the serial, the three reporters and Miss Mend (who, truth be told, is a pretty passive heroine) follow Chiche to Russia to stop his plot. This film was not well regarded by Soviet critics of the day - they instantly noted that the film's ideologies were often eclipsed by its love for adventure - but audiences loved it, and it was one of the more popular films among general audiences at the time. It's a bit hard to follow at times, but it's worth the time.

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