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Writers:
Benjamin Glazer (by) and
Leo Birinsky (by) ...
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Release Date:
26 December 1931 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Mata Hari

Ramon Novarro ... Lt. Alexis Rosanoff

Lionel Barrymore ... General Shubin

Lewis Stone ... Andriani
C. Henry Gordon ... Dubois
Karen Morley ... Carlotta

Alec B. Francis ... Caron
Blanche Friderici ... Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ... Warden

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Sister Genevieve

Frank Reicher ... The Cook-Spy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mischa Auer ... Firing Squad Victim #3 (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Dubois' Aide (uncredited)
Roy Barcroft ... Extra (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Major at Executions (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Ivan (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Lady Gambler Selling Ring (uncredited)
Gordon De Main ... Ambassador's Aide (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ... Madame Durand (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt ... Young Officer, Mata's Admirer (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Nursing Sister Teresa (uncredited)
Lennox Pawle ... DiSignac (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Jacques (uncredited)

Directed by
George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Benjamin Glazer (by) and
Leo Birinsky (by) (as Leo Birinski)

Doris Anderson (additional dialogue) and
Gilbert Emery (additional dialogue)

Produced by
George Fitzmaurice .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Fitzmaurice .... continuity drawings supervisor (uncredited)
Alexander Toluboff .... continuity drawings supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... sound (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera operator (uncredited)
William Riley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Scheving .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
B.P. Fineman .... supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Hansen .... assistant: Ramon Novarro (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (1990) | Finland:K-16 (1932) | Norway:16 (1932) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5419-R, July 1939 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
While this film was in production, rumors began circulating that co-stars Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro were having an affair. This was untrue, but they did develop a strong friendly rapport.See more »
Quotes:
Andriani:The only way to resign from our profession is to die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Indiscreet (1958)See more »
Soundtrack:
Two GuitarsSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Worth a watch, 19 September 2005
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

German spy Mata Hari works in Paris during World War 1 under cover as an exotic dancer, and falls in love with a young Russian officer while she is taking advantage of him.

The script is rubbish, dialogue trite at best, and the treatment doesn't hold together well. Adrian's costumes are ridiculously improbable, but in a sinfully pleasurable MGM kinda way. You simply sit there and gape at Adrian's inventiveness and sense of kitsch. And William Daniels photographs them beautifully.

As he does his favorite subject, Greta Garbo. There is no way anyone could call Mata Hari one of the better Garbo roles, although she looks gorgeous at every turn, even in her slightly awkward Balinese dance in the beginning, all arms and legs. And still Garbo manages to be sexy! Notice the glance she sends Ramon Novarro as she draws the curtain of her bed. This was a short period in the history of Hollywood, when there was no functioning censorship, and it is always titillating to see what cinematographers, directors and stars made of it. And here they exploit it to the full.

Not a great film, not even in the Garbo canon, but still worth a watch, absolutely.

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