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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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
General Serge Shubin
C. Henry Gordon ...
Karen Morley ...
Blanche Friderici ...
Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ...
Sister Genevieve
The Cook-Spy


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) »


WHWN MATA HARI DANCED! Here is Greta Garbo's greatest picture---a romance based on the true life story of the exotic woman spy, Mata Hari. Truly all-star, this production will leave in mind and heart the memory of an unforgettable thrill! (original herald) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мата Хари  »

Box Office


$558,000 (estimated)


$931,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Roy Barcroft. See more »


Lt. Alexis Rosanoff: God, Country, Honor, You.
Mata Hari: I come last?
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Referenced in Indiscreet (1958) See more »


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Music by Jack Milton
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Pure Fantasy, Pure Melodrama, Pure Camp
18 July 1999 | by (Beltsville, MD) – See all my reviews

Anyone wishing to know the truth about Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy during World War I, will soon realize this is not the movie for them. But the real Mata Hari was a pathetic middle-aged woman who got in way over her head when she tried espionage--her legend is much more entertaining. Greta Garbo plays the femme fatale brought down by love to the hilt and the cast ably supports her, although modern audiences may find Ramon Novarro ludicrous as the romantic lead. The best are C. Henry Gordon as the French police chief and Lewis Stone as the leader of Mata Hari's spy ring. Nearly every line is out of melodrama--I just wish I had a better memory to quote some for you. My recommendation: just enjoy it.

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