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Thea von Harbou (novel) and
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Release Date:
10 March 1929 (USA) See more »
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 ... Chauffeur Franz
Hertha von Walther ... Lady Leslane
Lupu Pick ... Doctor Masimoto (Matsumoto, English version)
Fritz Rasp ... Colonel 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 ... Train Conductor (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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-12 (1966) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1928) | Spain:T | USA:Unrated

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Director Trademark: [Fritz Lang] [Regulars]Actors Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Fritz Rasp in leading roles, Thea von Harbou co-writing the script.See more »
Haghi:How far have you gotten with Jellusic?
Sonya Baranilkowa:I've got him eating out of my hand! And for a kiss he'd sell me all fortresses and the entire army of his country!
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Movie Connections:
References Metropolis (1927)See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Even without music I was enthralled for 3 hours., 15 April 2000
Author: elag from nyc

I saw the restored version which is an hour longer than the print commonly available. Lang did some amazing things with text and graphics. His great reputation for innovation is well deserved.

This film is also very funny at times... as a result of intentional exaggeration for the most part. The level of expressionist abstraction allows one to view the mechanisms of the plot at some distance... the better to enjoy the formal qualities of Lang's vision.

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