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Monday, May 26, 2008

THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (1928)


Greta Garbo almost tripled her standard release pattern in 1928-9, as M-G-M tried to maximize on their investment before the Talkies cooked their Swedish Goose. Little did they know she would be one of the handful of silent screen performers to become an even bigger star once she started to speak. This slapdash vehicle has Garbo as a Russian Mata Hari who tempts Conrad Nagle into betrayal, only to find herself falling for her mark. Naturally, her boss (the great villain Gustav von Seyffertitz) needs to be taken care of and the real informer discovered for a happy ending, but everyone is forced to behave in a ridiculous fashion for things to come out right. Director Fred Niblo did far better by Garbo in THE TEMPTRESS and even the newly commissioned score disappoints, ignoring obvious story points for no particular purpose.

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