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Spies (1928)

Spione (original title)
Not Rated | | Romance, Thriller | 10 March 1929 (USA)
The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (novel), Fritz Lang | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Haghi
Gerda Maurus ... Sonya Baranilkowa
Lien Deyers ... Kitty
Louis Ralph Louis Ralph ... Hans Morrier - Hans Morriera, English version
Craighall Sherry Craighall Sherry ... Burton Jason / Miles Jason
Willy Fritsch ... No. 326 - Det. Donald Tremaine, English version
Paul Hörbiger ... Franz - Chauffeur
Hertha von Walther Hertha von Walther ... Lady Leslane
Lupu Pick ... Dr. Masimoto - Matsumoto, English version
Fritz Rasp ... Col. Jellusic - Ivan Stepanov, English version
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Storyline

Haghi is a criminal mastermind whose ubiquitous spy operation is always several steps ahead of the police and the government's secret service. Enter Agent 326, the daring and dashing young man, who thinks his disguise as a dirty, bearded vagrant is fooling the unknown mastermind and his minions. But Haghi is well aware of 326's existence and what he looks like. Enter Sonya, a Russian lady in Haghi's employ. Haghi wants Sonya to subvert the efforts of the government agent, but doesn't count on her falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Haghi is anxious to get his hands on a Japanese peace treaty in the possession of the cunning Doctor Masimoto, whose mistress is also in his employ. Written by J. Spurlin

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Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

UFA insisted on the film being made inexpensively, as Fritz Lang's previous film Metropolis (1927) had brought the studio to near bankruptcy. Lang therefore chose to do most of the shots in narrow settings with lots of close-ups, as no big sets had to be built up for that way of filming. Fortunately "Spione" became a huge success. See more »

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It seems odd that Haghi, a man "richer than Ford" and who enthusiastically adopts new technologies judging by his office equipment, hand rolls his own cigarettes when commercially manufactured ones had been available for decades. See more »

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No. 326: People's lives - in danger - ! The bank must be searched within 13 minutes, and Haghi's secret room found - do you understand? -...
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The granddaddy of all spy films
13 April 2000 | by justpatSee all my reviews

In the space of the first one minute and 37 seconds, a safe is burgled, a diplomat is killed, two secret documents are stolen, and an intertitle demands "WHO IS BEHIND THIS?" We're off in the world of Fritz Lang's "Spies"

This film has everything that would later become spy film cliches: the ultra cool, ultra suave secret agent; the evil powerful genius, confined to a wheelchair, who dreams of world domination; his beautiful seductress, who falls for the secret agent. There are hidden microphones and disappearing ink and secret packages and bulletproof wallets. There's a motorcycle/car chase, and an in-tunnel train wreck to round out the action.


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