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''Miss Mend'' was originally released as a three-part serial; the three films together add up to 4 hours and 10 minutes. While most Soviet propaganda during the UsefulNotes/JosefStalin years was deadly serious (see ''Film/{{Earth}}'' or any of the works of Creator/SergeiEisenstein), this serial is light and breezy, with romantic comedy and secret agent hijinks. And while Eisenstein's films are much better remembered, at the time the ''Miss Mend'' series was hugely popular in Russia.

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''Miss Mend'' was originally released as a three-part serial; the three films together add up to 4 hours and 10 minutes. While most Soviet propaganda during the UsefulNotes/JosefStalin years was deadly serious (see ''Film/{{Earth}}'' ''Film/Earth1930'' or any of the works of Creator/SergeiEisenstein), this serial is light and breezy, with romantic comedy and secret agent hijinks. And while Eisenstein's films are much better remembered, at the time the ''Miss Mend'' series was hugely popular in Russia.


''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion.

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''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion.
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Like most forms of Russian media at the time, Miss Mend is blatantly pro-Soviet propaganda mocking America and capitalism in general, portraying the West as a corrupt, racist CrapsackWorld. Despite this, there is a suprising amount of humor, or at the very least attempts at humor, making this film rather interesting to watch today, if for nothing more than the shocking MoodWhiplash and RefugeInAudacity.

Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three men from the local newspaper: Barnet the reporter, Vogel the photographer, and Hopkins the dimwitted clerk. All are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.

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Like most forms of Russian media at the time, Miss Mend is blatantly pro-Soviet propaganda mocking America and capitalism in general, portraying the West as a corrupt, racist CrapsackWorld. Despite this, there is a suprising surprising amount of humor, or at the very least attempts at humor, making this film rather interesting to watch today, if for nothing more than the shocking MoodWhiplash and RefugeInAudacity.

RefugeInAudacity.

Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three men from the local newspaper: Barnet the reporter, Vogel the photographer, and Hopkins the dimwitted clerk. All are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.


''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion. Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three men from the local newspaper: Barnet the reporter, Vogel the photographer, and Hopkins the dimwitted clerk. All are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.

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''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion.UsefulNotes/SovietUnion.

Like most forms of Russian media at the time, Miss Mend is blatantly pro-Soviet propaganda mocking America and capitalism in general, portraying the West as a corrupt, racist CrapsackWorld. Despite this, there is a suprising amount of humor, or at the very least attempts at humor, making this film rather interesting to watch today, if for nothing more than the shocking MoodWhiplash and RefugeInAudacity.

Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three men from the local newspaper: Barnet the reporter, Vogel the photographer, and Hopkins the dimwitted clerk. All are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.



* {{Eagleland}}: Flavor 2 all the way. Unleashing TheBlackDeath and poison gas on Bolshevik Russia is pretty bad.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Flavor 2 all the way. Unleashing TheBlackDeath and poison gas on Bolshevik Russia is pretty bad. Then again, this film is Stalin-era Soviet propaganda, so it is to be expected.


''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion. Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three reporters for the local newspaper, Barnet, Vogel, and Hopkins, who are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.

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''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion. Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three reporters for men from the local newspaper, Barnet, Vogel, newspaper: Barnet the reporter, Vogel the photographer, and Hopkins, who Hopkins the dimwitted clerk. All are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted in a subplot that doesn't match well with the tongue-in-cheek tone of most of the rest of the film. Vivian's cute little nephew John is murdered by Chiche after Chiche finds out that John is Gordon Stern's son.

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* SpyFiction: Definitely martini-flavored, with the complicated conspiracy and the race against the clock and such.


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* TheBlackDeath: Chiche and the Organization are plotting to unleash the Black Death on the Soviet Union by means of ampoules of plague culture concealed in electrical insulators.



* ContrivedCoincidence: A mook attempts to kill Vivian by bonking her over the head and throwing her in the river. Fortunately the three reporters just happen to be fishing off the adjacent pier, and they save her.

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A mook attempts to kill Vivian by bonking her over the head and throwing her in the river. Fortunately the three reporters just happen to be fishing off the adjacent pier, and they save her.her.
** Fogel makes friends with a couple of Leningrad street urchins. He is helping them sell newspapers on the street when none other than Mrs. Stern walks by. This allows Fogel and the good guys to locate the bad guys' hideout.


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* DrivenToSuicide: Rejection by Vivian and a good dose of HeelRealization after he finds out how Chiche manipulated him lead Arthur to shoot himself.


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* IdiotBall: Fogel is given an ampoule of plague from Barnet, who has retrieved it from Chiche's luggage. Fogel decides to just set this incredibly dangerous item on a table top. Sure enough, it's knocked off the table and shatters, spreading plague throughout the ship.


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* KubrickStare: Vivian shoots one at "Johnson" after she finds out that her would-be boyfriend Johnson is actually Arthur Stern, who is part of the plot to attack the Soviet Union.

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* MeetCute: Vivian literally falls into Arthur's lap when she dives into his car to avoid arrest from the strikebreaking cops.


* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Chiche the EvilMastermind is seen bent over a chess board.

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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Chiche the EvilMastermind evil mastermind is seen bent over a chess board.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Flavor 2 all the way. Unleashing TheBlackDeath and poison gas on Bolshevik Russia is pretty bad.


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* PinballProtagonist: After making a big splash in her opening scene, Vivian actually doesn't do very much. The three reporters perform most of the action.

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''Miss Mend'' (aka ''The Adventure of the Three Reporters'') is a 1926 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion. Natalya Glan stars as Vivian Mend, a typist at an American cork factory that belongs to the Stern family. The Sterns lock out the workers, leading to protests outside the factory. Miss Mend tackles a cop that is about to assault a spokesman for the workers, leading to a riot outside the factory. She draws the attention of three reporters for the local newspaper, Barnet, Vogel, and Hopkins, who are all enchanted by the fiery young office worker. While fleeing from the riot, Vivian jumps into a car that unbeknownst to her, is carrying Arthur Stern, scion of the Stern family. Arthur also is attracted to the beautiful Vivian.

Meanwhile, word comes from Russia that Gordon Stern, Arthur's father, has been murdered by the Bolsheviks. It turns out however that Gordon Stern isn't dead, but is in the clutches of a mysterious Organization, a terrorist group that is fighting ''against'' the Bolsheviks. Gordon Stern's wife is having an affair with the sinister Organization leader Chiche, who is behind a terrifying plot against Bolshevism and the Soviet Union.

''Miss Mend'' was originally released as a three-part serial; the three films together add up to 4 hours and 10 minutes. While most Soviet propaganda during the UsefulNotes/JosefStalin years was deadly serious (see ''Film/{{Earth}}'' or any of the works of Creator/SergeiEisenstein), this serial is light and breezy, with romantic comedy and secret agent hijinks. And while Eisenstein's films are much better remembered, at the time the ''Miss Mend'' series was hugely popular in Russia.

Co-directed by Boris Barnet and Fedor Ozep. Barnet also stars as [[TheDanza Barnet the reporter]].

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* BadBoss: Chiche. In one scene one of the scientists working for Chiche shows him the poison gas being developed for the Organization. After the scientist gives Chiche a gas mask, Chiche smashes the flask holding the poison gas. The scientist dies.
* BarBrawl: One gets started when a sailor attempts to steal the incriminating letter that one of the reporters has in his pocket.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: The only person killed in the BarBrawl is the only black person in the bar. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an obvious attempt at portraying American racism when the cop says "No big deal, he's black."
* {{Blackface}}: Done for an amazingly racist gag. One of the reporters has given his clothing to Vivian after she's fished out of the river. Left with nothing but his undershirt and boxers, he covers himself with coal dust in order to look like some kind of vaguely African native.
* BuriedAlive: A variant. Rough seas wind up knocking Gordon Stern's coffin off its catafalque--and ''his hand shoots out''. Much to Chiche and Mrs. Stern's surprise, he isn't dead. Chiche later finishes him off for real after making him sign a new will.
* ChildByRape: The origin of Vivian's cute little nephew John--Vivian's sister was a domestic for Gordon Stern, who raped her.
* ChineseLaunderer: A Chinese launderer named Liu-Ka-Dzho gives Vivian a job after she's locked out with the rest of the factory workers.
* ContrivedCoincidence: A mook attempts to kill Vivian by bonking her over the head and throwing her in the river. Fortunately the three reporters just happen to be fishing off the adjacent pier, and they save her.
* DirtyCop: The cop at the Stern mansion ignores the three reporters when they tell him that Gordon Stern's coffin is actually empty. He's part of the Organization's conspiracy, as is the District Attorney and a lot more people in high places.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: "Son to avenge father's death! Extra, read all about it!" The newspapers are reporting that Arthur Stern is going to get revenge on the Bolsheviks for killing his father.
* HighClassGlass: The editor, who is eternally exasperated by his rascally reporters, wears one of these.
* HollywoodDarkness: The servants at the Stern mansion inspect the grounds at night. This is done by tinting the picture slightly bluish.
* IntrepidReporter: Barnet--"muckraker, who gets the news a half hour before it happens."
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The notary who has retrieved Gordon Stern's will is murdered, with the murder carefully staged to make it look like his car collided with a train. Then Stern's real will is switched out with the one that leaves his fortune to the Organization.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Chiche the EvilMastermind is seen bent over a chess board.
* TranslationConvention: Inconsistently applied for the first two parts, which are set in America. There is English everywhere, on newspapers, magazines, and signs. But when some exposition is needed, like the telegram announcing Gordon Stern's death, it's in Russian.
* UptownGirl: Arthur the rich man's son falls in love with Vivian the working girl.
* WesternTerrorists: The Organization is a bunch of Americans who have devoted themselves to the destruction of Bolshevism by means of chemical and biological warfare.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Or possibly YouHaveFailedMe. But after the {{Mook}} dispatched to kill Vivian reports that she was saved by the three reporters, Chiche shoots him.
* YourCheatingHeart: Mrs. Stern has been having an affair with Chiche the terrorist mastermind.

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