One such Captain of Industry is Haghi (Rudolph Kleine-Rogge*), who is a financier and is in charge of the huge Haghi Bank. But, his interests are more than just the compounded kind. A master of blackmail, and with a network of duplicitous agents scattered in high places, Haghi keeps track of the weaknesses of his account-holders, and uses them to his own end, infiltrating them in with the more established agents in various high-stakes plots: The Minister of Trade is assassinated from a moving car and condemning evidence is stolen right on the street; secret documents are lifted from the French Embassy in Shanghai; a murderer is saved from hanging to be used as an agent; and the wife (Hertha von Walther) of a prominent politico will have her opium habit exposed, if she does not obtain information about an upcoming treaty with Japan. The web of intrigue is intricate and spreads world-wide.
|Agent 326—Our Man on the Street
|...but he cleans up really nice.
|The evil Haghi is not all he appears...
|The Haghi Bank and its intricate series of paths, much like a prison.
The film is presented below.
* Klein-Rogge was Lang's always dependable villain, playing the evil inventor Rotwang in Metropolis, and in a series of films, Lang's master criminal Dr. Mabuse.
** We never do find out his name, although his street-character's name is Hans Pockzerwinski (now, there's a name people will forget quickly)
*** As we all know now, Evil has no budget. And if they did, they don't care going OVER budget.