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Daniel Nathan Rubin (screenplay) and
Josef von Sternberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 April 1931 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Marie Kolverer / X27

Victor McLaglen ... Colonel Kranau

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Austrian Secret Service Chief

Warner Oland ... Colonel von Hindau

Lew Cody ... Colonel Kovrin

Barry Norton ... Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Max Barwyn ... Colonel Kranau's Aide (uncredited)
F. Blinn ... Gambler with Glasses (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Secret Service Agent in Casino (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Court-Martial Officer (uncredited)
Alexis Davidoff ... Officer (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... 2nd Firing Squad Officer (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... Old Officer (uncredited)

Geraldine Dvorak ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Adolph Faylauer ... Gambler (uncredited)

Joseph W. Girard ... Russian Officer (uncredited)

Al Hart ... Monk (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Grinning Officer (uncredited)

George Irving ... Contact at Cafe (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Russian Corporal (uncredited)

Tom London ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Wilfred Lucas ... Gen. Dymov (uncredited)
Ruth Mayhew ... Accident Victim (uncredited)
Harold Nelson ... Fritz - von Hindau's Valet (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Austrian Soldier at Interrogation (uncredited)
Bill Powell ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Russian Captain of the Guard (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Writing credits
Daniel Nathan Rubin (screenplay) (as Daniel N. Rubin)

Josef von Sternberg  screenplay
Josef von Sternberg  story "X-27"

Original Music by
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Herman Hand (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Henry Binstok .... music arranger
Josef von Sternberg .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Alexis Davidoff .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #2315, 1 June 1936 for re-release) | USA:Passed (original rating)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Seattle Wednesday 17 June 1959 on KIRO, in Minneapolis 28 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 16 November 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Los Angeles 8 January 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 6 February 2012 in tandem with Shanghai Express (1932) by Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and has also enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on TCM.See more »
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An overlooked masterpiece, 19 August 1999
Author: theorbys from New York City

One up front negative: Victor McLaglen as a dashing, adventurous Russian officer is very badly miscast.

This is a World War I Mata Hari genre film with Marlene Dietrich recruited by the Austrian Secret Service to spy for them against the Russians. Like the other Von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations this is all about visual texture and Marlene's incredible persona (which is very much due to her equally incredible talent). Both come together perfectly in the amazing masked ball scene full, full, full of confetti, long twisted streamers, costumed revelers, and uncurling paper party-horns that you blow through to make a high pitched little squeal.

In one remarkable scene Marlene is hypnotic just saying, "No." "Yes." "Noooo." and "Maybe." In another her dialog is a hilarious and inimatable series of "Meowwws." I don't remember her singing in this one but she plays the piano with abandon. Nevermind the plot, this is a film you watch because it is a great vehicle for one of film's greatest, if not the greatest, stars and because it is great cinema.

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