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Mata Hari (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 26 December 1931 (USA)
A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)

Writers:

Benjamin Glazer (by), Leo Birinsky (by) (as Leo Birinski) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Mata Hari
Ramon Novarro ... Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
Lionel Barrymore ... General Serge Shubin
Lewis Stone ... Andriani
C. Henry Gordon ... Dubois
Karen Morley ... Carlotta
Alec B. Francis ... Caron
Blanche Friderici ... Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ... Warden
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Sister Genevieve
Frank Reicher ... The Cook-Spy
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Storyline

During World War I, Mata Hari is a German spy, working in Paris. She has already seduced the Russian general Shubin, and has now set her eyes on lieutenant Rosanov, a young up-and-coming officer. In order to get her hand on secret documents in his possession, she spends a night with him. But the secret police is on to her, only waiting to get enough evidence to arrest her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Men worshipped her like a goddess, only to be betrayed by a kiss! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мата Хари See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$558,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$931,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,227,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The third and final film in which Ramon Novarro and Lewis Stone both appeared, though they have no scenes together. See more »

Goofs

Towards the climax of the film, when Mata Hari confronts General Shubin, she is wearing a ring on her left ring finger. She hurries out of the room, and moments later she encounters Rosanoff. He takes her by the hand and the ring is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

General Serge Shubin: Gay? With DiSignac? Is that necessary?
Mata Hari: Why not? He's very attractive.
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Connections

Version of Der Fall Mata Hari (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Oriental Shadows
(uncredited)
Music by Montague Ewing
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Enjoyable Melodramatic Love Story
26 April 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1917, in Paris, the famous dancer Mata Hari (Greta Garbo) has a double life as a German spy, obtaining secrets from French and Russian officers in bed. The chief of the French Secret Service Dubois (C. Henry Gordon) is unsuccessfully in her tail trying to find proofs to incriminate Mata Hari. The Russian general Serge Shubin (Lionel Barrymore) has a crush on Mata Hari, but when she meets the young Russian pilot lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro), she sleeps with him to photograph secret documents in his possession. But they fall in love for each other, and the jealousy of her lover Shubin provides the evidences to Dubois to arrest her.

This fictional and naive romance based on the life and death "Mata Hari" is an enjoyable melodramatic love story. Of course it is not a historic event, but this pleasant romantic fantasy is supported by an extremely beautiful Great Garbo performing a charismatic role in a great production. In spite of not being a masterpiece, I totally disagree with the unfair reviews in IMDb. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Mata Hari"


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