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Fritz Lang's SPIONE was
restored between 2003 and 2004
As no original negative exists,
various nitrate copies were used.
Due to its length and excellent condition,
a copy from the Národni Filmovy Archiv,
Prague, formed the restoration's basis.
Problematic scenes were
replaced using materials
supplied by Filmarchiv
Austria and Screensound
dupe negative contained
a complete set of intertitles
displayed as flashtitles.
These matched the original intertitles found
in part within the Austrian nitrate copy.
The original German opening
credits sequence has not survived.
Cast and crew details were culled
from the censor card and rendered
in the same graphics as the intertitles.
Other contributors include:
Distributed by UFA
Script: Thea von Harbou
Direction: Fritz Lang
Sets: Otto Hunte, Karle Volbrecht
Camera: Fritz Arno Wagner
Haghi... Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Sonja... Gerda Maurus
Kitty... Lien Deyers
Morrier... Louis Ralph
Police Chief Jason... Craighall Sherry
No. 326... Willy Fritsch
Franz, the chauffeur... Paul Hoerbiger
Lady Leslane... Hertha von Walther
Dr. Matsumoto... Lupu Pick
Colonel Jellusic... Fritz Rasp
The novel "Spione" by Thea von Harbou
was published by Scherl-Verlag, Berlin
Throughout the world...
strange events transpire.
Sensational theft of documents...
... French Embassy... Shanghai
EXTRA! Assassination attempt
on the Minister of Trade.
The Minister dies from his wounds.
Important documents have vanished.
No trace of the perpetrator!
Are the officials in charge of
state security so asleep on the job
that our most important documents and
secret files can vanish without a trace?
"I know... who... "
what power is at play here?"
From: Minister of the Interior To: M.B.
Jason, Head of Secret Service By messenger
Dear Mr. Jason! Enclosed please
find several new caricatures
and opinions expressed by the
public concerning your department...
Isn't it time to bring this
ridicule of the helplessness
of the Secret Service to an end?
The Minister of the Interior.
"What's the use of all your
precautions in bringing me here
when I am secretly photographed by one
of your staff in your own office...?"
"Who's paying you... you scoundrel
- to inform on me...?!"
"I'd sooner die like a dog
than become a traitor!"
"Your fate is in your hands, Vincent...
Who are you working for?"
"Find out for yourself! And may God
have mercy on you if you find him!"
"Who is he
talking about -?!"
"If I knew, No. 326,
I wouldn't need you!
And the public wouldn't be
making a laughing stock of us!"
"It's easy for you to laugh because,
fortunately for you, you prevented
your picture falling into the
hands of this... damned spy...!"
"... and no one knows
what this man looks like -?!"
people have known... but... "
"I would be sorry, No. 326, if I had to
put a cross after your name as well... "
"Copy photos 4 and 6... Distribute to
all members of the surveillance squad!"
Morrier kidnapped from the gallows.
Sensational act prior to execution.
Masked perpetrators escape.
"This time, Morrier, I have saved you
from the noose, because I can make good use
of scoundrels like you... But if
ever I sign your death sentence... "
"I am a scoundrel, sir -
but a grateful one... "
is on her way...
...to the Haghi Bank.
"Miss Barranikowa shall
report to me immediately
when she returns from Colonel Jellusic. "
a man of interest to many people...
"Are there letters under this box
number waiting for me?"
"What box number did this
man just pick up letters from?"
"Pardon, Lady Leslane, General
Director Haghi would like to see you...
it will only take two
minutes... a formality...
as milady just happens to be here... "
"I would like to make a proposal,
"I would like to find out from
you, as the wife of Roger Leslane,
when and where the Japanese Secret Treaty
will be signed... and who will be present!"
"If I hear nothing within 48
hours, in the 49th hour your husband
will find out just where his wife spends
her Tuesday and Friday evenings... "
"Your efforts are futile, Lady Leslane,
- I have the negative... "
"I'm richer than Ford, Lady Leslane, even
if I pay significantly less in taxes. "
"The day after tomorrow, you will
deliver the data in writing to the owner
of the opium den you know so well, and
in exchange you will get the negative... "
"How far have you
gotten with Jellusic?!"
"I've got him eating out of my hand!
And for a kiss he'd sell me all his
fortresses and the entire
army of his country!"
"You know what you have to do.
I expect a report tonight!"
"Save me -
I shot him -!"
"... he invited me to come see
him... about a tour... he...
he tried to force me... I didn't know
what to do - so I shot him!"
"If you really want to help me...
just let me leave!"
It will be better for you and for me...
if we never see each other again!
"Choose whomever you
wish for this project
- but keep me out of it! I don't
want to work against this man... "
"He reminds me...
of my brother Sascha... "
"All the more reason for you to fight
our enemies in the form of this man,
enemies who also were the enemies of
your father, of your brother, or... "
"Have you forgotten -?!"
...sentenced to death
"They died innocent, two victims of
the Ochrana of your Russian Czar -"
"... because they weren't smart enough
to keep their thoughts to themselves!"
"My friend... "
I owe you an explanation -
"... - I must see
you again... - "
"Don't tell me you've fallen
in love with this fellow -?"
My friend! I owe you an
explanation and must see you again!
Come tomorrow at 4.00 to have...
a glass of real Russian tea -
with the woman you saved - S.B.
The Diary as Lifesaver
so that you will cry no more.
"I am so happy -
so happy -!"
"I, too... "
"My friend... "
"In memory of my
father and my brother...
they died as victims of
the Czarist Ochrana... "
"But, is there nothing
at all that you want -?!"
Eight O'Clock Evening Edition
"Final Edition -!"
"Make me a gift
of this evening!"
"I'll pick you up at 9 o'clock -
we'll go to Danielli - all right?"
"Wear it forever -
it shall bring you luck!"
"At 12 o'clock sharp
everyone is at his post... "
"... - Danielli... - "
Go immediately to J. H.
Pay Jellusic the price
demanded in exchange
for all the mobilization plans in
his possession. Under the condition...
...that he cross the border tonight.
You will not return home, but
will report to me immediately. H.
"The condition is that you have to
cross the border tonight... "
"But the night is still young, my lovely
Sonja... and you had promised... "
"The documents... "
A farewell kiss,
A cavalier does not
betray his lady!"
"Are you satisfied now -?"
"So you love the
"Your house has been cleared out
- you will live
at headquarters and not leave your
room without my permission-"
"If the Barranikowa woman had not
once again been warned in time,
I would have raided her house tonight!"
"You are hardly the first to have fallen
into the trap of this master spy. "
Nothing is to deter a man from the
path of duty... not even a woman... "
"Why don't you
go home, my child?"
"Please, let me stay here!
Don't send me away again!
I won't take up any more
space than a little dog...!"
"Have I offended you?
Must I leave again?"
"When I went looking for the
fellow early this morning,
he had already decamped...
without a trace!"
"I'll show you pictures
of all the people suspected
of being spies that were
taken over the last month... "
"Colonel Jellusic left this morning at
2.40 on the Orient Express!"
Opera Ball 13
General Delivery, Main Post Office
"I'll have this man watched by one of
our agents as soon as he arrives. "
"A plane leaves in 45 minutes
that will arrive down there
two hours after the Orient Express. "
The Secret Service
reserves two seats
on the Aero Orient Express.
"People like Jellusic
can be had for money...!
If I offer him enough he'll
betray those who are paying him!"
"Jellusic has to be
put out of commission.
Denounce him as a spy to his Commander
in Chief at General Headquarters!"
Herr Jellusic... "
"So you don't deny...?"
"You are granted one last request,
Herr Jellusic... "
"I beg - in all -
Surveillance Report Re: Signing
of the Japanese Secret Agreement.
Location: Small conference room of
the Japanese Embassy. Time: 5:30 a. m.
Present: The two treaty parties, and
Chief of Secret Service Dr. Matsumoto.
The Embassy will be subject to the
most stringent security measures.
"I'll have this treaty
in my hands tonight!"
"Gentlemen! One of these envelopes
contains the most important treaty
Japan has concluded in a century... "
"You'll take three different routes
to Tokyo... Whoever does not deliver
his letter with its seal unbroken is
not worthy of being called a Japanese!"
"Whose blood am I to wear around
my neck, Haghi?"
"I have called you in order to clear
things between you and me, Sonja. "
"Where is - he -?!"
"He's trying to trace you
through Jellusic. "
SUDDEN DEATH OF
COLONEL M.O. JELLUSIC
As we learned after
press time, Jellusic,
at General Headquarters,
has died of a heart attack shortly
after returning from a holiday trip.
"20,000 pounds... in new bank notes -
with consecutive serial numbers...!"
"A blank telegram, please!"
Find out immediately
to whom the State Bank
has issued notes in denominations
of one thousand with...
...consecutive numbers 0319726 to
0319745 stop Return with next flight.
"A special operator call...!"
The bank note numbers?!"
"You have to make up your mind, Sonja.
Are you on my side - against him?"
"You still don't seem to
know what I am capable of!"
"I have other irons
in the fire... "
"I will come back, my child
- the house shall be yours... you will
live there as a little princess... "
"I have to leave, Kitty...!"
"But not so fast
- ! Not so fast -!
Just a few more hours -!
A few meagre hours... -!"
"Don't you see that I will die -
if you leave me -?"
"As surely as I shall win this
battle, Sonja, I will defeat him...
Do you nevertheless
stick to your decision?!"
"And how long are you planning to
keep me prisoner?"
"Until one of us is the victor,
Sonja - he or I!"
"No. 326, who is coming
back tonight, has sent us
a radiogram that falls into
your field of expertise... "
"Read it for yourself! This matter has to
be taken care of before No. 326 returns!"
Find out immediately
to whom the State Bank
has issued notes in
denominations of one thousand...
"So I'll come tonight with No. 326 to
your dressing room!"
"I'll take care of the postal censorship
- You see to it that all borders are closed!
If the treaty falls into the wrong hands,
the war in the East is all but declared!"
"It's the last car
- and it will happen in the tunnel...
if No. 326 falls into the trap"
"I have told you, Sonja, you will be
free when one of us two men triumphs... "
"It is I who have been conquered...
because I need you!"
"No one but you is
skilful enough to bring
the photos of the treaty
across the closed border...
Do me this one last service - and the road
to the man you love will be open!"
"And you swear that he will be safe
from you in the future if I say yes -?"
"I believe they'll use a foreigner to
take the stolen treaty across the border
- and the sudden departure
of the Russian courier is,
at the very least, suspicious... "
"... the more so now
that 719 has determined
that the bank notes for Jellusic
also came from Russian hands... "
"Unfortunately, I cannot leave
here without destroying my cover
and jeopardizing my work as No. 719
- but in any event I have reserved
the sleeping compartment next to
that of the Russian courier... "
"Around 6 a. m. You will cross the
border - that is the decisive moment!"
"I almost forgot what I
found the other day... "
"The last car of the express train... -
crashed in the tunnel... - "
- ! Did Haghi send you to make sure
that his damned plan was successful
"You don't intend to betray us, do
you... you scoundrel...?"
"Attention - Central -
Central - Central...!"
"Attention - Central -
Central - Central...!"
"Attention - Central
- Central - Central...!
No. 326 is alive -!
Sonja has betrayed us -!"
"We wish to talk
to Director Haghi. "
"Gentlemen, what could the
police be looking for here -?"
"A criminal -
and the proof of his crime!"
"I order you to hand over to me the
keys to all of the bank safes!"
If the bank is not vacated
within 15 minutes of receiving
this note, and the police have
not withdrawn completely...
...the woman you love, whom I hold in
my power, will die.
"You have fourteen minutes to live, Sonja!
- if he chooses not to obey me!"
"People's lives - in danger -! The
bank must be searched within 13 minutes,
and Haghi's secret room found
- do you understand?... - "
"Burn all papers...
dynamite the safes...
In ten minutes the bank
will be filled with gas!"
"Soon, Sonja, you will know
all about the secrets of death
- take with you a
secret from my life!"
"The bank has been searched
down to the foundations
- there is no trace of a secret exit. "
"Where is Haghi -?"
10,000 MARKS REWARD! Who
has seen the man pictured
above, Bank Director
Haghi, since midday?
"Not even a mouse would
be able to leave the city
he has to be here somewhere... "
"There's a small error...
I want to report... "
"It's just that... the numbers
on the thousand pound notes...
which I have to deliver a receipt for...
the telegram contains different numbers...!"
"No. 719... has switched the
telegrams...! The Clown Nemo is Haghi!"
"A little music please -
Mr. Conductor -!"
Music Composed and
Performed by Donald Sosin
www. silent-film-music. com
Translation by Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart
and Edna McCown c. 1927
Renewed by Notice of intent to enforce a
Copyright 1996 under the Uruguay
Round Agreement Act by the
of UFA MoC Anglicization by Jonathan Lomax
Digital Retouching, Restoration,
Remastering and Subtitling by
IML Digital Media, Melbourne.
c. IML Digital Media 2005