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Thea von Harbou (novel) and
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Haghi

Gerda Maurus ... Sonya Baranilkowa

Lien Deyers ... 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 ... Franz - Chauffeur
Hertha von Walther ... Lady Leslane

Lupu Pick ... Dr. Masimoto - Matsumoto, English version
Fritz Rasp ... Col. Jellusic - Ivan Stepanov, English version
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grete Berger ... Unconfirmed Role (uncredited)
Julius Falkenstein ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Heinrich Gotho ... Burton Jason's Other Assistant (uncredited)
Gustl Gstettenbaur ... Boy Who Helps No. 326 (uncredited)
Georg John ... Locomotive Engineer (uncredited)
Theodor Loos ... Handelsminister (uncredited)
Klaus Pohl ... Burton Jason's Assistant (uncredited)
Paul Rehkopf ... Strolch (uncredited)

Rosa Valetti ... Kitty's Mother (uncredited)
Hermann Vallentin ... Hotel Security Chief (uncredited)

Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Vincent - Jason's Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Thea von Harbou (novel 'Spione')

Fritz Lang  writer
Thea von Harbou  screenplay

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
Karl Vollbrecht 
Art Department
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Spione" - Germany (original title)
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Germany:178 min (16 fps) | USA:90 min | Spain:144 min (DVD edition) | Argentina:150 min | USA:144 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-12 (1966) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1928) | Spain:T | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Unrated

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Gerda Maurus, whose film debut this 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 remained his regular co-author up until The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Lang's last German film before emigrating to the US.See more »
Haghi:Curtain -!See more »


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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The pre-ultimate Bond-film, 30 August 2000
Author: stefan.loosen ( from Bonn, Germany

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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