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Mata Hari
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Produced by George Fitzmaurice
Irving Thalberg
Written by Benjamin Glazer
Leo Birinsky
Doris Anderson
Gilbert Emery
Starring Greta Garbo
Ramon Novarro
Lionel Barrymore
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) December 26, 1931
Running time 89 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $558,000 (est.)

Mata Hari is a 1931 pre-code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari (the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle), an exotic dancer/courtesan executed for espionage during World War I. The film stars Greta Garbo in the title role. The film is credited with popularizing the legend of Mata Hari.



Financial success

Commercially, this was Garbo's most successful film and MGM's biggest hit of the year, netting a profit of nearly one million dollars.[1] It was a sensation in the US, and overseas rentals, especially in Continental Europe, matched those in the US. These combined grosses amounted to $2,227,000 or $31,601,862, adjusted for inflation.

Censorship upon reissue

As with many pre-code Hollywood films, this film was censored upon its reissue in May 1939 after the enforcement of the Hays Code. At least one known cut was made in the seduction scene of Lt. Rosanoff by Mata Hari; the ending of the scene was moved up with a fadeout.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Vieira, Mark A. (1999). Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. p. 52. ISBN 0-8109-4475-8.  
  2. ^ Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, p. 60

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