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26 December 1931 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Mata Hari

Ramon Novarro ... Lt. Alexis Rosanoff

Lionel Barrymore ... General Serge 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 ... 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)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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The third and final film in which Ramon Novarro and Lewis Stone both appeared, though they have no scenes together.See more »
Andriani:The only way to resign from our profession is to die.See more »
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Referenced in Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004) (V)See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Garbo Makes the Role & the Character Her Own, 29 March 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

As the notorious "Mata Hari", Greta Garbo makes both the role and the character her own, providing a portrayal that is much deeper and more complex than the historical character probably was. The rest of the cast and production work well enough, but they are mostly there only to provide Garbo the backdrop and the foils that she uses to develop the main character.

The story focuses Mata Hari's liaisons with two Russian officers, an older general played by Lionel Barrymore, and a young aviator played by Ramon Novarro, with an implacable Secret Service man (played by C. Henry Gordon) trying to stop her. Each of the three plays his part well, while allowing Garbo to take the spotlight. Lewis Stone also makes good use of his limited screen time, and Karen Morley has some memorable moments as another spy.

The story probably has little in common with the historical facts, and while the historical character is an interesting one, it seems certain that Garbo's character is more so, combining her obvious appeal with a depth of feeling and a complicated set of priorities, as few other actresses could have done. Designing the story and characters with her in mind works well, making for good drama and one of Garbo's many effective performances.

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