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SB.752 (4 reel UK 9.5mm silent film release by Pathéscope September 1938) 
"THE SPY" ("DIE SPIONE")         GER Mar1928     Dir: Fritz Lang
------------------------         Fritz Lang-film GmbH
178mins (at 16fps) B/W           Produced by: Erich Pommer
(Approx 45mins on 9.5mm)         Released by: Universum-Film-Verlein (UFA)
Produced at Ufa-Atelier, Neubabelsberg, Brandenburg, Germany
Original novel "Spione" by: Thea von Harbou
Screenplay by: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Photography: Fritz Arno Wagner
Art Direction: Otto Hunte, Karl Volibrecht
Music: Werner R. Heymann
 
  German poster   American poster
                  
Cast:  
    Willy Fritsch .......... Number 326/324 (secret agent/Detective Donald Tremaine)
    Rudolph Klein-Rogge .... Haghi
    Gerda Maurus ........... Sonja Baranikowa / Lya Straska (Russian spy)
    Lien Deyers ............ Kitty
    Louis Ralph ............ Hans Morrier/Morriera
    Fritz Rasp ............. Colonel Jellusic
    Craighall Sherry ....... Burton Jason / Miles Jason (head of secret service)
    Herta von Walther ...... Lady Leslane
    Lupu Pick .............. Akira Masimoto (Japanese head of security)
    Paul Hörbiger .......... Franz (chauffeur)               

Drama - Vital diplomatic papers are stolen from the Novonia Embassy, but a man who knows the identity of the thief is killed just before revealing the name to the Consul. The mysterious Chief behind the outrage is Haghi, who runs a large bank and is confined to a wheel chair. Mr Jason, head of the Secret Service, appoints Agent 324 to the case, but Haghi sends top spy Lya Straska to set a trap. She pretends to shoot a man in the Hotel Olympic and hides in 324's appartment. The pair fall in love and Straska refuses to continue with the plan, Dr Matsumoto, a Japanese diplomat, tells a devastated 324 that Lya was a spy and a dangerous woman. The doctor later takes in Kitty, a young woman found abandoned in the
street. He then sends three couriers to deliver envelopes containing a secret treaty beween Japan and Britain. Haghi's men kill the couriers, but the treaty is not in any of the envelopes. Matsumoto has kept this himself, but it is stolen from him by Kitty. As a result the Doctor commits suicide. Haghi despatches Lya to smuggle the treaty over the border via Novograd, but Jason also sends 324 to
the area by train. However he is nearly killed when the villainous Eric Loff causes a crash with an express in the Altmuhl Tunnel. Straska arrives with the rescue party and together with 324 pursues Loff who broadcasts a warning to the Chief before committing suicide. Lya is captured by Haghi, who reveals that he can walk and is in fact Nemo, a clown at the local theatre. Jason and his men raid the Bank, rescue the woman and rush to the theatre. Seeing that he is trapped, Haghi shoots himself.

(Description from Maurice Trace's fantastic "Guide to Pathescope Silent 9.5mm Dramas, Thrillers, Adventures and Western Films")



Pathéscope Monthly - October 1933



Letter enclosed with October 1933 Pathéscope Monthly


 
1939 Pathéscope Film Catalogue write-up

   

 
 Watch opening clip from the Eureka DVD "Spione"   
 Watch some more highlights from "Spione" 

 Watch a 9.5mm 'trailer' reel "Extracts From the Pathescope Catalogue"

Notes:

 1. A German film, the original title was "Die Spione" and Pathéscope
    released it in the UK on 9.5mm as "The Spy" - a literal translation.
    The film was released for the cinema in the USA as "Spies".

 2. Co-writer was Thea von Harbou Lang's wife, despite Lang at the
    time having an affair with Gerda Maurus.  Lang had previously
    'pinched' Thea von Harbou from her first husband, Klein-Rogge,
    who played Haghi. What a complicated situation behind the scenes!
 3. Different language versions used slightly different names for
    a few of the characters - some are shown in the cast list above. 
 4. The Nine Five print omits many key sequences and characters from
    the original feature, including Lady Leslane and Colonel Jellusic.
    In addition the surprise of the various identities of Haghi is
    missing - Nemo does not appear until the final scenes and there
    is no mention of Agent 719.
    
 5. In the original German feature the hero was given no name but 
    simply Agent 326. In the 35mm British prints (which were severely
    cut) the man is still 326, but called Donald Tremaine. However 
    for some strange reason Pathéscope on all their intertitles named
    him Agent 324 - even though there are several shots of an identity
    photo with the number 326 clearly marked!

 6. The film was also released as 4 reels 9.5mm in France as SB.7520
    "Les Espions"; in Germany SB.752 "Spione" snd in Italy "La Spie"
    By 1955 "The Spy" had disappeared from the UK Pathescope 9.5mm
    Film Catalogue.  
(Extra Info gratefully added from Maurice Trace and Dave Wyatt)       

A superb restoration
of the film has
been released on
DVD and BlueRay
in the UK by Eureka


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