The Mysterious Lady

"Miss Garbo is pretty, but she doesn't make too good a Russian spy." What might this New York Times reviewer have said of Ninotchka eleven years later? In 1928, Garbo's mysterious lady (her first spy role) knows she is alluring, and uses her looks as a matter of course to daze the enemy just long enough to relieve him of important documents, all for the love of St. Petersburg. In the course of one such maneuver, she lets down her guard, and the rest of the film is a case of reverse espionage involving prisons, trap doors, theft and murder...all for the sake of love. Conrad Nagel plays Karl von Heinersdorff, the irresistible Austrian captain, in this now rarely screened Garbo silent.

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