Director: George Fitzmaurice
Cast: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon, Karen Morley
Mata Hari was Garbo’s first film dealing with an actual historical figure, in this case the subject was the infamous spy of World War I, Mata Hari. And it was her only film with MGM’s Mexican star Ramon Novarro with whom she enjoyed costarring. Adrian wasted no time in designing outlandish costumes for Garbo, complete with skintight outfits, beads, spangles, capes and skullcaps. The film was an immediate box office hit across the nation and audiences begged for more. MGM’s Mata Hari in 1931 elevated Garbo into a legendary film icon to movie audiences. From this point on Garbo was given special treatment by MGM on the making of her films.