Spies (original title ‘’Spione’’), directed by Fritz Lang (M, The Big Heat, Metropolis, Hangmen Also Die!) and based on the novel of the same name by Thea von Harbou, foreshadows a later cinematic superspy. The 1928 film features a suave, sophisticated, tuxedoed secret agent, known as No. 326 (Willy Fritsch), who battles a Russian criminal mastermind, Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), who is bent on provoking a world war. Haghi, bound to a motorized wheelchair, hides in a massive, secret lair, is a master of disguise, and runs agents using drugs, blackmail, miniature cameras, disappearing ink, state-of-the-art surveillance and communication devices, and, of course, sex. Lots of sex. No. 326 cracks Haghi’s operation by seducing his top female assassin, Sonya Baranilkowa (Gerda Maurus), who cannot resist the rogue spy’s charm. An international cast is filmed in various exotic, foreign locations. There is a spectacular train wreck and an exciting car chase. Sound at all familiar?
The following weapons were used in the film Spies:
Gerstenberger & Eberwein EM-GE Model 3 Starter Pistol
Haghi’s female assassin, Sonya Baranilkowa (Gerda Maurus), carries a pre-1939 Gerstenberger & Eberwein EM-GE Model 3 Starter Pistol
Mauser Pocket Pistol
Throughout the picture, various characters use a 1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol.
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"
Haghi’s henchmen carry a Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" throughout the film.
Model 16 Stielhandgranate
Throughout the film, Haghi’s henchmen wield Model 16 Stielhandgranate "potato masher" grenades.