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Foolish Wives (1922)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 11 January 1922 (USA)
A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

Director:

Erich von Stroheim (as Erich Von Stroheim)

Writers:

Erich von Stroheim (story and scenario) (as Erich Von Stroheim), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Christians Rudolph Christians ... Andrew J. Hughes - U.S. Special-Envoy to Monaco
Miss DuPont ... Helen Hughes (as Miss Dupont)
Maude George ... Princess Olga Petchnikoff
Mae Busch ... Princess Vera Petchnikoff
Erich von Stroheim ... Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Dale Fuller ... Maruschka
Albert Edmondson Albert Edmondson ... Pavel Pavlich (as Al Edmondson)
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Cesare Ventucci
Malvina Polo Malvina Polo ... Marietta Ventucci (as Malvine Polo)
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ... Albert 1 - Prince of Monaco
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Storyline

"Count" Karanzim, a Don Juan is with his cousins in Monte Carlo, living from faked money and the money he gets from rich ladies, who are attracted by his charmes and his title or his militaristic and aristocratic behaviour. He tries to have success with Mrs Hughes, the wife of the new US ambassador. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

A Man You Will Love to Hate (Print Ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira, N. Y.)) 5 May 1922) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dåraktiga kvinnor See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (Ontario) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the intertitles, there is a mistake in French. Faites vos joux should be Faites vos jeux. The word is misspelled. See more »

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When Marushka is pleading with the Count to marry her, at the start of the scene he has a black, mourning armband on his upper left arm. When a different perspective is shown, the armband is gone. A few seconds later, the armband is back, where it stays for the rest of the scene. See more »

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Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army: Yes-husbands are stupid; with them a woman won is a woman secure...
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Prince of eccentrics
8 September 2004 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

Lots has been written on the subject and like many others I highly enjoyed the beautiful cinematography, the reconstitution ( both impressive and accurate to the minutest details ), the wit of the titles. However, what actually carried me away is the recurrence of weird finds. In what other movie indeed can you find details like these : - a countess pinching the arm of her maid - a man drinking a calf's blood cocktail first thing in the morning - a US special envoy having trouble in taking off his gloves in front of a prince - a disaster-movie summer storm preventing two would-be sinners from going beyond the point of no return - a wicked hypocrite shedding tears of...TEA ?

Stroheim is really the prince of eccentrics ( and not a bogus one ! ) and we love him for that


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