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The Mysterious Lady (1928)

An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation.

Director:

Fred Niblo

Writers:

Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by), Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Tania Fedorova
Conrad Nagel ... Karl von Raden
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General Boris Alexandroff
Albert Pollet Albert Pollet ... Max Heinrich
Edward Connelly ... Colonel von Raden
Richard Alexander ... General's Aide
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Storyline

In Vienna, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Captain Karl von Raden and his partner Captain Max Heinrich learn in the box office that the ticket for the opera is sold-out. Out of the blue, a man returns his ticket and Karl buys it and shares a box with a gorgeous woman that is waiting for her cousin. Karl gives a ride home to the lady and they spend the night together. On the next day, they spend a wonderful day in the countryside together. Karl is assigned to travel to Berlin by train to deliver secret plans to the German government. His uncle, Colonel Eric von Raden, who is the chief of the Austrian secret service, advises Karl the woman with whom he had spent the previous day is the notorious Russian spy Tania Fedorova. While in the train, Tania meets Karl to tell that she is in love with him, but he rejects her telling that he knows who she is. On the next morning, Karl wakes up and finds that the plans have been stolen and he receives a message from Tania telling that ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

No man knew what she really was. And no man could resist her exotic beauty. A famous Russian spy, moving through the lives of men, in a maze of intrigue, passion and love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama Misteriosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$337,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$543,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$551,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

General Boris Alexandroff: Did you think the pupil could match wits with the master?
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Alternate Versions

In the TCM version, the final scenes involves Tania and a male character named Lucien, with the dialog cards in Russian. See more »

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a passionate drama
28 November 2011 | by thewebbiestSee all my reviews

I know that Leonard Maltin is lukewarm about this movie but I don't know why. Even he acknowledges that Garbo is sensational in it. She simply smolders, in long satin gowns that skim her figure or looking every inch the seductress in a huge black fur. The passion between her and Conrad Nagel is completely believable. Nagel is every inch the upper crust Austrian military officer.

I found the story of two people torn between duty to their country and their hearts' desires was a very compelling quandary. the movie has a slightly over-dramatic tendency common to most silent films but I was riveted.

The TCM version had a kind of oddly 1980's jazz score but the melodies enhanced the action.


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