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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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Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fritz Lang consciously chose to introduce Willy Fritsch as a scruffy homeless person, for Fritsch was most known from his previous films as the elegant gentleman he later becomes in this movie as well. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Haghi: How far have you gotten with Jellusic?
Sonya Baranilkowa: I've got him eating out of my hand! And for a kiss he'd sell me all fortresses and the entire army of his country!
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The pre-ultimate Bond-film
30 August 2000 | by TeloosSee all my reviews

Okay, the movie doesn't feature the secret agent with the famous number 007. But after I've seen this really entertaining movie , I wondered if Ian Fleming saw this movie before he created his legendary hero. It contains everything we already know from the James Bond movies:

  • A strong and handsome hero with a secret identity number (this time 326) - A sinister and evil villain in a wheelchair (without a white cat, but with a striking resemblance to Lenin) - A secret headquarter for the villains - An attractive heroine, who falls immediately in love with the hero - exiting action-sequences and chases (featuring a crashing train and motorcycles) etc., etc. . Willy Fritsch is very good in the role of the hero (even though you wouldn't associate him with this genre when you saw his comedies) and Rudolf Klein Rogge (the mad scientist from Metropolis) is perfectly evil. The movie is fast-paced and very entertaining, despite its length of nearly three hours. Lang shows that he is correctly regarded as one of the best german directors of all time and that he is capable of succeeding in every genre, be it science-fiction, crime or even spy-adventures.


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