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Spies (1928)
"Spione" (original title)

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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:
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Haghi
Gerda Maurus ...
Sonya Baranilkowa
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Kitty
Louis Ralph ...
Hans Morrier (Hans Morriera, English version)
Craighall Sherry ...
Burton Jason / Miles Jason
Willy Fritsch ...
No. 326 (Det. Donald Tremaine, English version)
Paul Hörbiger ...
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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Haghi is a criminal mastermind whose ubiquitous spy operation is always several steps ahead of the police and the government's secret service. Enter Agent 326, the daring and dashing young man, who thinks his disguise as a dirty, bearded vagrant is fooling the unknown mastermind and his minions. But Haghi is well aware of 326's existence and what he looks like. Enter Sonya, a Russian lady in Haghi's employ. Haghi wants Sonya to subvert the efforts of the government agent, but doesn't count on her falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Haghi is anxious to get his hands on a Japanese peace treaty in the possession of the cunning Doctor Masimoto, whose mistress is also in his employ. Written by J. Spurlin

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Gerda Maurus, whose film-debut "Spione" was, and who met Fritz Lang for the first time here, later had a long relationship with the director, eventually causing his divorce from Thea von Harbou, who at the time was his wife and remained his regular co-author up until The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Lang's last German film before emigration to the U.S.. See more »

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The pre-ultimate Bond-film
30 August 2000 | by (Bonn, Germany) – See all my reviews

Okay, the movie doesn't feature the secret agent with the famous number 007. But after I've seen this really entertaining movie , I wondered if Ian Fleming saw this movie before he created his legendary hero. It contains everything we already know from the James Bond movies:

  • A strong and handsome hero with a secret identity number (this time


326)
  • A sinister and evil villain in a wheelchair (without a white cat, but


with a striking resemblance to Lenin)
  • A secret headquarter for the villains


  • An attractive heroine, who falls immediately in love with the


hero
  • exiting action-sequences and chases (featuring a crashing train and


motorcycles) etc., etc. . Willy Fritsch is very good in the role of the hero (even though you wouldn't associate him with this genre when you saw his comedies) and Rudolf Klein Rogge (the mad scientist from Metropolis) is perfectly evil. The movie is fast-paced and very entertaining, despite its length of nearly three hours. Lang shows that he is correctly regarded as one of the best german directors of all time and that he is capable of succeeding in every genre, be it science-fiction, crime or even spy-adventures.


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