The Mysterious Lady (1928)




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Based on a lugubrious novel by Ludwig Wolff, The Mysterious Lady is a romance/espionage tailored to the talents of Greta Garbo. The divine Miss G plays an alluring Russian spy, directly answerable to satanic-featured general Gustav von Seyffertitz. While she's accustomed to fomenting suicides and apoplexy amongst her male victims, Garbo cannot help but become romantically involved with Austrian-officer Conrad Nagel. Forced to choose between her love of Russia and her love for Nagel, Garbo decides upon the latter--meaning that there's a bullet in the future for vonSeyfertitz. For all its MGM gloss, Mysterious Lady would be just so much borscht without the ethereal presence of its female star.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Greta Garbo
as Tania
Conrad Nagel
as Karl von Heinersdorff
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as Gen. Alexandroff
Edward Connelly
as Col. von Raden
Richard Alexander
as Aide to the General

Critic Reviews for The Mysterious Lady

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Using up 83 minutes to unload this yarn is ridiculous.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Garbo acquits herself well as the tortured lover.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews


January 17, 2008

No excerpt available.

September 20, 2005

A fascinating, beautifully crafted film that never quite seems to know what it wants to be, but waffles about with such grace and style that you finally don't care.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Mysterious Lady


Standard Garbo melodrama is overblown but entertaining if you're a fan. Greta is breathtaking, amazingly contemporary in appearance for a film that is almost 90 years old.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This movie seemed like the average romance plot where they're in love and they're spies during wartime so it's tragic. But it's not totally like that, it gets much better. They're high ranked and trusted by their respective countries, and there's another guy who loves Garbo's character. It's a very exciting romance movie, and I enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

after going on a strike from her home studio, garbo returned to play in film s like the mysterious lady. she plays tania, a russian spy who falls in love with the soldiers she deceives into giving her secrets.

darryl clark
darryl clark

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