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.