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Dishonored (1931)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 April 1931 (USA)
The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

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Daniel Nathan Rubin (screenplay) (as Daniel N. Rubin), Josef von Sternberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Marie Kolverer / X27
Victor McLaglen ... Colonel Kranau
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Austrian Secret Service Chief
Warner Oland ... Colonel von Hindau
Lew Cody ... Colonel Kovrin
Barry Norton ... Young Lieutenant - Firing Squad
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The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

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Can a Woman Kill a Man With Who She Has Known a Night of Love ?

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Nobody See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Third, out of seven, feature-film collaborations between Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg. See more »

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Referenced in La silla de Fernando (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the costume party for dance music
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An overlooked masterpiece
19 August 1999 | by theorbysSee all my reviews

One up front negative: Victor McLaglen as a dashing, adventurous Russian officer is very badly miscast.

This is a World War I Mata Hari genre film with Marlene Dietrich recruited by the Austrian Secret Service to spy for them against the Russians. Like the other Von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations this is all about visual texture and Marlene's incredible persona (which is very much due to her equally incredible talent). Both come together perfectly in the amazing masked ball scene full, full, full of confetti, long twisted streamers, costumed revelers, and uncurling paper party-horns that you blow through to make a high pitched little squeal.

In one remarkable scene Marlene is hypnotic just saying, "No." "Yes." "Noooo." and "Maybe." In another her dialog is a hilarious and inimatable series of "Meowwws." I don't remember her singing in this one but she plays the piano with abandon. Nevermind the plot, this is a film you watch because it is a great vehicle for one of film's greatest, if not the greatest, stars and because it is great cinema.


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