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Mata Hari (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 December 1931 (USA)
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

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Cast

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Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
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General Serge Shubin
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Andriani
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dubois
Karen Morley ...
Carlotta
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Caron
Blanche Friderici ...
Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ...
Warden
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Sister Genevieve
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The Cook-Spy
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Storyline

During World War I, Mata Hari is a German spy, working in Paris. She has already seduced the Russian general Shubin, and has now set her eyes on lieutenant Rosanov, a young up-and-coming officer. In order to get her hand on secret documents in his possession, she spends a night with him. But the secret police is on to her, only waiting to get enough evidence to arrest her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Plot Keywords:

spy | mata hari | russian | german | dancer | See All (42) »

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Men worshipped her like a goddess, only to be betrayed by a kiss! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mata-Hari  »

Box Office

Budget:

$558,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$931,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Major Thomas Coulson's 1930 book, "Mata Hari: Courtesan and Spy", piqued interest in turning it into a movie, but an MGM executive said that no one book was the basis of their movie. Mata hari translates to "eye of the day" in Indonesian (and Malay), and is the most common word for "sun" in those languages. Censors of many cities required cuts in the movie, which was typical of many pre-code films. When MGM applied to the Hays Office for a certificate in 1936 for re-release, it was refused. However, a certificate was issued in 1939, when the movie was re-released. See more »

Quotes

Andriani: A spy in love is a tool that has outlived its usefulness.
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Version of How Mata Hari Lost Her Head and Found Her Body (2011) See more »

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Tango des Amours
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Milton
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She's sexy. She thrills. She chills. She's a spy!
24 April 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

She is not the first to play Mata Hari, the alluring spy of World War I. But Greta Garbo is very memorable as the temptress; the seducer; the beguiling not-so-secret agent. Garbo's exotic dance is quite lethal for the early 1930s. Ramon Novarro plays the young lover willing to give his life for hers. Lionel Barrymore is the older lover that dies by her hand. This classic does not claim to be factual to history, but makes a great melodrama not to be missed. Supporting cast features Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon and Karen Morley. Viva la France.


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