Spies (1928)
"Spione" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Romance, Thriller  |  10 March 1929 (USA)
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The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.



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Complete credited cast:
Gerda Maurus ...
Sonya Baranilkowa
Louis Ralph ...
Hans Morrier (Hans Morriera, English version)
Craighall Sherry ...
Burton Jason / Miles Jason
No. 326 (Det. Donald Tremaine, English version)
Chauffeur Franz
Hertha von Walther ...
Lady Leslane
Lupu Pick ...
Doctor Masimoto (Matsumoto, English version)
Fritz Rasp ...
Colonel Jellusic (Ivan Stepanov, English version)


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Release Date:

10 March 1929 (USA)  »

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Fritz Lang consciously choose to introduce Willy Fritsch as a scruffy homeless person, for Fritsch was most known from his previous films as the elegant gentleman he later becomes in this movie as well. See more »


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Yowza! The Image restoration is gangbusters!!
25 December 2004 | by (Frostbite Falls, MN) – See all my reviews

What a hoot! As the other comments have pointed out, this movie has everything and then some. The Image DVD furthers this excitement with the use of an Expressionist typeface for the intertitles and punctuation that includes "-!?", "—!!", and even at one point, "––-!!!" "Spies" offers an almost perfect print with superb music and sound effects. Newbies to silent film will have to adjust to the wild and sometimes bizarre pantomime style of the acting, but give it half a chance and "Spies" will have you on the edge of your seat, even at the 140- minute length. I love Fritz Lang's American films, like "Rancho Notorious" and "Clash by Night"—don't miss these if you have the chance—but Lang's German work shows a young director always at the top of his form, full of brilliant ideas and bursting with energy.

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