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Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by)
Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity)
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4 August 1928 (USA) See more »
No man knew what she really was. And no man could resist her exotic beauty. A famous Russian spy, moving through the lives of men, in a maze of intrigue, passion and love. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Tania Fedorova

Conrad Nagel ... Karl von Raden

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General Boris Alexandroff
Albert Pollet ... Max Heinrich

Edward Connelly ... Colonel von Raden

Richard Alexander ... General's Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Symona Boniface ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alfonso Corelli ... Violin Player (uncredited)

Geraldine Dvorak ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nicholai Konovaloff ... Officer Standing at Tania's Table (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Cafe Waiter Serving Wine (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)

Youcca Troubetzkov ... Russian (uncredited)
Victor Young ... Scarpia in 'Tosca' (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Niblo 
Writing credits
Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by)

Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity)

Marian Ainslee (titles) and
Ruth Cummings (titles)

Frances Marion  uncredited

Original Music by
Vivek Maddala (2002)
William Axt (foreign version) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold S. Bucquet .... assistant director
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
Camera and Electrical Department
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilbert Clark .... wardrobe
Music Department
Vivek Maddala .... conductor (2002)
Vivek Maddala .... orchestrator (2002)
Other crew
Geraldine Dvorak .... stand-in: Greta Garbo (uncredited)
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96 min (21 fps) | USA:89 min (2002 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Tania Fedorova:You are very kind. Could I offer you some coffee - or cognac?See more »
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Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.30" (1956)See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Garbo Potboiler, 15 December 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A young Austrian officer doesn't realize how profoundly THE MYSTERIOUS LADY he meets at the Opera will change his life.

Greta Garbo's entrancing beauty is the main attraction in this Silent drama from MGM. Her face alone would have assured her a place in film history. But this film, which deals with World War One espionage, has other things to offer, including a good performance from Conrad Nagel as Garbo's co-star. The story is a wee bit ludicrous, but MGM graced the film with excellent production values as befits a movie starring their enormously popular star. (The idyllic afternoon sequence shared between the two lovers is especially commendable.) The plot does have some fair degree of excitement and should not disappoint the typical viewer.

Ably filling smaller roles are Gustav von Seyffertitz as the evil Russian spymaster and Edward Connelly as the head of the Austrian Secret Service, who also happens to be Nagel's uncle. Movie mavens will recognize an unbilled big Russ Powell as a rain-drenched carriage driver.

This silent film has been given a fine orchestral background score by Vivek Maddala.

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