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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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Storyline

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:

The Adventures of the Three Reporters See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Production Co:

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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Trivia

At 24 years old, this was Boris Barnet's Directorial debut. He also plays one of the lead characters in the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Arthur Stern: If it's a telegram from that pretty girl who jumped into my car, then another adventure might be coming up!
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Impressive Serial from Russia
27 February 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Miss Mend (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Russian serial lasting over four-hours was originally released in three parts but for the current DVD release it's presented as one long film. Office girl Vivian Mend (Natalya Glan) and three men fixated with her try to stop a mad scientist from spreading poison gas and killing everyone around. Considering this film runs over four hours that seems like a pretty short plot summery but that's about it in terms of story but there's plenty of action here. Apparently the directors were tired of "high class" films from Russia so they decided to spoof the various American and German movies that were being shown in the country. The best way to describe this film would be a mixture of the epics Lang was making in Germany with a bit of Chaplin and Keaton from America. I think there are a few very funny areas where the Russian directors are trying to "show" America as it was but come off horribly wrong. I'm sure there was nothing mean spirited behind this but it does add a few nice laughs to everything. The main reason to watch this epic are for the various stunts as it's clear the directors tried to throw just about everything they could think of into the film. There are chases via cars, boats and trains. There are fights with guns, bottles, chairs and various other items. We have car crashes, trains crashing into cars and of course the gas that can kill in a matter of seconds. Is the film fun? Sure, the thing has so many weird images and wild stunts that you can't help but find it fun. At the same time, I'm really not sure it needed to run over four hours. I think the running time is going to keep most people away, which is understandable but if you feel you can sit in one place for this long then MISS MEND is a pretty fascinating film.


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