Dishonored (1931)



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In a film loosely adapted from the story of Mata Hari (the Dutch dancer who finagled secrets for the Kaiser during World War I), a Vienna prostitute (Marlene Dietrich) is recruited to expose a double-agent spy ring that's giving information to the Russians.


Marlene Dietrich
as Marie Kolverer
Victor McLaglen
as Colonel Kranau
Lew Cody
as Colonel Kovrin
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as Austrian Secret Service
Warner Oland
as Gen. von Hindau
Barry Norton
as Young Lieutenant
Davison Clark
as Court-Martial Officer
Wilfred Lucas
as Gen. Dymov
Bill Powell
as Manager
George Irving
as Contact at Cafe
Ethan Laidlaw
as Russian Corporal
William B. Davidson
as Firing Squad Officer
Joseph W. Girard
as Russian Officer
Buddy Roosevelt
as Russian Officer
Ruth Mayhew
as Accident Victim
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Critic Reviews for Dishonored

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Iit is perhaps the purest expression of Sternberg's belief in the triumph of aesthetics over mortality.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

von Sternberg turns what could have been little more than a typical espionage potboiler into another one of his luxuriant visual essays on Dietrich's smoldering screen presence and his own love of cinematic texture, depth, and tactility.

Aug 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dietrich's fine performance and von Sternberg's visuals (that masquerade ball!) overcome both a shaky second half and a badly miscast Victor McLaglen.

Jul 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Entertaining melodrama that promotes glamour over telling a realistic spy tale.

Jan 11, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

One of Sternberg's quirkiest films from his richest period.

Sep 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

To try and describe Dietrich in Dishonored ... is a daunting exercise Marlene's character would no doubt look upon with a withering, contemptuous glance.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dishonored


A spy movie that's ahead of its time with Dietrich on fine form as always

Marcus Woolcott
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