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The Mysterious Lady (1928)

An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation.

Director:

Fred Niblo

Writers:

Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by), Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Tania Fedorova
Conrad Nagel ... Karl von Raden
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General Boris Alexandroff
Albert Pollet Albert Pollet ... Max Heinrich
Edward Connelly ... Colonel von Raden
Richard Alexander ... General's Aide
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In Vienna, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Captain Karl von Raden and his partner Captain Max Heinrich learn in the box office that the ticket for the opera is sold-out. Out of the blue, a man returns his ticket and Karl buys it and shares a box with a gorgeous woman that is waiting for her cousin. Karl gives a ride home to the lady and they spend the night together. On the next day, they spend a wonderful day in the countryside together. Karl is assigned to travel to Berlin by train to deliver secret plans to the German government. His uncle, Colonel Eric von Raden, who is the chief of the Austrian secret service, advises Karl the woman with whom he had spent the previous day is the notorious Russian spy Tania Fedorova. While in the train, Tania meets Karl to tell that she is in love with him, but he rejects her telling that he knows who she is. On the next morning, Karl wakes up and finds that the plans have been stolen and he receives a message from Tania telling that ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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GRETA GARBO AND CONRAD NAGEL The Screen's Newest Discovery of Perfect Young Lovers See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama Misteriosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$337,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$543,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$551,000
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Runtime:

| (2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Tania Fedorova: Karl, I gave you my love...
Karl von Raden: Yes - for a price.
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Alternate Versions

In the TCM version, the final scenes involves Tania and a male character named Lucien, with the dialog cards in Russian. See more »

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Garbo at Her Most Seductive
27 September 2005 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

While "The Mysterious Lady" is only a mildly entertaining romantic thriller, the film's seductively beautiful star, Greta Garbo, illuminates the screen whenever she appears and raises the film several cuts above what it might otherwise have been. The predictable plot is serviceable, if somewhat less than credible, and the handsome one-dimensional leading man and the sinister snarling villain, complete with flamboyant dark mustache, visually cue the audience to the identities of the hero and his nemesis.

Only Garbo infuses her character with the depth and ambiguity to keep the audience guessing as to her sympathies and motives. Although her husky accented voice enhanced her aura, the actress was a master of projecting emotion without words. Her shifting facial expressions convey more than words, and even her body language speaks volumes about the character. Garbo moves with a fluidity and grace that enhances her innate seductive sexuality. She captivates the viewer even with the simple act of descending a staircase. When cinematographer William Daniels back lights her profile in closeup, she literally glows on the screen.

While "The Mysterious Lady" has high MGM production values, fine cinematography, and lush sets, the film does not rank among the finest of silent cinema. With a lesser actress at its center, the film would likely have been forgotten. However, with Garbo, the film transcends its cardboard plot and provides a serviceable backdrop for the work of one of Hollywood's greatest icons.


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