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Blind Husbands (1919)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 December 1919 (USA)
An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director:

Erich von Stroheim (as Erich Stroheim)

Writers:

Erich von Stroheim (book) (as Erich Stroheim), Erich von Stroheim (adaption) (as Erich Stroheim) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sam De Grasse ... The Husband, Dr. Robert Armstrong
Francelia Billington ... The Wife, Margaret Armstrong
Erich von Stroheim ... The Other Man, Lt. Erich von Steuben
Gibson Gowland ... The Mountain Guide, Sepp Innerkofler (as T.H. Gibson Gowland)
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... The 'Vamp' Waitress
Ruby Kendrick Ruby Kendrick ... A Village Blossom
Valerie Germonprez Valerie Germonprez ... Honeymooner
Jack Perrin ... Honeymooner
Richard Cummings Richard Cummings ... The Village Physician
Louis Fitzroy Louis Fitzroy ... The Village Priest
William De Vaull William De Vaull ... Man from 'Home'
Jack Mathis Jack Mathis ... Man from 'Home'
Percy Challenger Percy Challenger ... Man from 'Home'
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Storyline

An Austrian military officer and roue' attempts to seduce the wife of a surgeon. The two men confront each other in a test of abilities that ends surprisingly. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Innovation in the presentation of motion pictures. The first time ever attempted in this manner. (Print Ad- Los Angeles Daily Times, ((Los Angeles, Calif.)) 22 December 1919)

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Austria

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pinnacle See more »

Filming Locations:

Südtirol, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$42,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (color toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the documentary Hollywood: Autocrats (1980), Valerie Germonprez--Mrs. Erich von Stroheim--says the budget was $42,000 and the film went on to be one of the first to make over a million dollars. See more »

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In one shot, when the wife walks across her bedroom, a spotlight beam is visible on the ground following her. See more »

Quotes

The Husband, Dr. Robert Armstrong: I am going to give you one chance - if you speak the truth - and I shall know it - I will not harm you. But if you lie - and I shall know that too - down you go...
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Strong Early Stroheim
4 July 2006 | by carlbaugherSee all my reviews

This is really a bookend with "Foolish Wives" for me. The later film was perhaps more melodramatic but they both share the Euro-womanizer and gullible wife angle. In "Husbands," Stroheim casts himself unsympathetically (and rather courageously, if you think about it) and seems to relish the villainy and cowardice of the role. The cast is excellent with particular credit due the off-balance wife for her uncomfortable acceptance of the Leutenant's attention.

Stroheim's strength as a director always pivoted on his ability to move a story forward, however, and that's the very quality that makes this film work; one is always interested to follow along and see what happens.

It's a real shame that the world of cinema was denied the complete development of Stroheim's directorial skills as it would have been fascinating to see how he developed full-formed in the sound era.


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