Review: ‘Dishonored’

A secret service story [from X-27 by Josef von Sternberg]. The start of the film, when Gustav von Seyffertitz as the Austrian intelligence chief picks up Dietrich on the street to make her a prize spy, is extremely nice work. But Dietrich rises above her director in this picture, as much as Sternberg smothered her while making Morocco. Dietrich is dominant in Dishonored . It is she who forces interest.

A secret service story [from X-27 by Josef von Sternberg]. The start of the film, when Gustav von Seyffertitz as the Austrian intelligence chief picks up Dietrich on the street to make her a prize spy, is extremely nice work. But Dietrich rises above her director in this picture, as much as Sternberg smothered her while making Morocco. Dietrich is dominant in Dishonored . It is she who forces interest.

Her love for the Russian rival spy (Victor McLaglen) is made quite evident at the finish. Barring some silly dialog saddled upon him a couple of times, McLaglen gets through okay. Seyffertitz, always dependable, is more so than usual.

Dishonored

Production

Paramount. Director Josef von Sternberg; Screenplay Daniel N. Rubin; Camera Lee Garmes; Art Director [Hans Dreier]

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Marlene Dietrich Victor McLaglen Lew Cody Gustav von Seyffertitz Warner Oland Barry Norton
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