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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.


Fritz Lang


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


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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You never can tell the outcome in this superb melodrama by the man who made "Metropolis." (Print Ad- Granby Leader-Mail, ((Granby PQ)) 7 June 1929)


Romance | Thriller


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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 »


When Haghi gives Dr Matsumoto's information to his spy, she is wearing dark nail varnish in the close-up of the card in her hand. Her nails are not polished in the other shots of the scene. See more »


Haghi: Curtain -!
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Edited into Fritz Lang: Circle of Destiny (2004) See more »

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Yowza! The Image restoration is gangbusters!!
25 December 2004 | by pathertoSee all my reviews

What a hoot! As the other comments have pointed out, this movie has everything and then some. The Image DVD furthers this excitement with the use of an Expressionist typeface for the intertitles and punctuation that includes "-!?", "—!!", and even at one point, "––-!!!" "Spies" offers an almost perfect print with superb music and sound effects. Newbies to silent film will have to adjust to the wild and sometimes bizarre pantomime style of the acting, but give it half a chance and "Spies" will have you on the edge of your seat, even at the 140- minute length. I love Fritz Lang's American films, like "Rancho Notorious" and "Clash by Night"—don't miss these if you have the chance—but Lang's German work shows a young director always at the top of his form, full of brilliant ideas and bursting with energy.

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