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Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalya Glan Natalya Glan ... Miss Vivian Mend, a typist
Igor Ilyinsky ... Tom Hopkins, a clerk
Vladimir Fogel ... Fogel, a photojournalist
Boris Barnet ... Barnet, a reporter
Sergey Komarov ... Chiche
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Arthur Stern / Engineer Johnson
Natalya Rozenel ... Elizabeth Stern
Mikhail Rozen-Sanin Mikhail Rozen-Sanin ... Gordon Stern
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anel Sudakevich ... Stenographer
Mikhail Zharov
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Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

26 October 1926 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospodjica Mend See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The sign in front of the capitalist-run cork factory in the USA, where the workers go on strike at the beginning of the film, reads "ROCFELLER & Co". At the time the film was released in 1926, US billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Sr., founder of Standard Oil Co., was the richest man in the world. In fact, Rockefeller ranks as the wealthiest man ever to have lived. His peak wealth is estimated to have been $340 billion. See more »

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During the "road rally" sequence in Part Three, the shadow of the camera car is briefly visible, along with that of the cameraman, cranking furiously. See more »

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Policeman: What are you trying to pull here? The coffin is in perfect order. The deceased is here and even starting to smell.
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A lot of fun
30 March 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A three part Russian serial, running a little over four hours. It's a pretty big time commitment, but this series is darn entertaining. It's a sometimes uneasy combination of Soviet propaganda and American adventure, with the American adventure kind of winning out in the end. The film starts off more on the propaganda side, with three American reporters (Barnet himself, Vladimir Fogel, who starred in many famous films of the era including The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West, By the Law, Chess Fever, The End of St. Petersberg, and Igor Ilyinsky, who starred in Aelita: Queen of Mars) covering a workers' strike. As corporate lackeys, they only care about sensationalism, and the three of them fall for the factory's own Norma Rae, Miss Vivian Mend (Natalya Glan). The propaganda aspects start to fade into more Feuillade-inspired crime conspiracy territory, with villain Chiche (Sergey Komarov) using corporate funds to create a biological weapon he plans to use against the Soviet Union. The film also has some elements of German expressionism, with direct references to Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari sprinkled in. Over the course of the serial, the three reporters and Miss Mend (who, truth be told, is a pretty passive heroine) follow Chiche to Russia to stop his plot. This film was not well regarded by Soviet critics of the day - they instantly noted that the film's ideologies were often eclipsed by its love for adventure - but audiences loved it, and it was one of the more popular films among general audiences at the time. It's a bit hard to follow at times, but it's worth the time.


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