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Spione
(Spies)
Also known as Spies in the USA : [The Spy]
(1928) German
B&W : Feature film
Directed by Fritz Lang

Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge [Haghi], Gerda Maurus [Sonja Barranikowa], Willy Fritsch [Agent no. 326], Lupu Pick [Doktor Akira Matsumoto], Fritz Rasp [Colonel Jellusic], Lien Deyers [Kitty], Craighall Sherry [Police Chief Jason], Louis Ralph [Morrier], Hertha von Walther [Lady Leslane], Paul Hörbiger [Franz, the valet-chauffeur], Grete Berger, Heinrich Gotho [the spectacled accountant], [?] Julius Falkenstein? [the hotel manager]

Fritz Lang-Film production; distributed by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft [UFA]. / Produced by Fritz Lang. Scenario by Thea von Harbou, from the novel Spione by Thea von Harbou. Production design by Otto Hunte and Karl Vollbrecht. Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner. / Premiered May 1928 in Germany. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Maurus’ film debut. The film was released in the USA by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation in March 1929. Some character names were changed for the American version to Donald Tremaine (Fritsch), Louis (Sherry) and Ivan Stefanov (Rasp). / Silent film.

Drama: Espionage.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Banks - Crime - Criminals - Disguises - Espionage: Spies - Gases - Russians (Abroad) - Secret organizations

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 261; Jensen-Lang pp. 69-79, 80, 84, 85, 92, 132, 200, 207-208; Limbacher-Feature p. 231; Maltin-Guide p. 1193; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 238 : Cinemonkey-16 p. 35.

Home video: DVD.

 
 
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