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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:
Though the title character was real, the events in the film are mostly fictional.See more »
Quotes:
Andriani:The only way to resign from our profession is to die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Garbo Talks (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6See more »

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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
This is about love, not history., 28 November 1999
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

Garbo in love. There is nothing to compare with it. And MGM knew it. Again and again they fashioned vehicles for her to be in love, and "Mata Hari" is one of the best. Who cares that it has nothing to do with the real Mata Hari? This is a beautiful film - it looks gorgeous and is brilliantly acted. It was always difficult for male actors to hold their own with Garbo - Robert Taylor failed, Olivier by his own confession couldn't "hold a candle to her" - but there are three who certainly could John Gilbert (of course!), Melvyn Douglas (in comedy) and here the sublime Ramon Novarro. He was perhaps the only one of Garbo's leading men who could compare with her in beauty (though Lew Ayres is pretty cute in "The Kiss")and William Daniels films him nearly as lovingly as he does Garbo. The shot of his face where he blows out the candle (at Garbo's insistence), that his mother made him swear to always burn, is most beguiling. The two display a rare chemistry, and the final scene in the prison cell is very moving. Novarro in love is as enchanting as Garbo in love.

And the film is about the experience of love, and how it over-rides all else in life. Very romantic and very touching. Unrequited love sends Lionel Barrymore mad - this is a great performance too - and Lewis Stone's incomprehension of love makes him a cold, heartless monster (another expert performance from him). The sad thing here is that Novarro and Garbo were never again paired. A great and powerful film.

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