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Life's Whirlpool (1916)

McTeague (original title)
Miner-turned-dentist McTeague wins young Trina Sieppe away from her cousin Marcus, McTeague's friend. When Trina wins five thousand dollars in a lottery, Marcus accuses McTeague of marrying... See full summary »

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Holbrook Blinn ...
Walter Greene ...
Marcus Schuller (as Walter Green)
Philip Robson ...
Mr. Sieppe (as Phil Robson)
Fania Marinoff ...
Julia Stuart ...
Rosemary Dean ...
Eleanor Blanchard ...
Maria Cappa (as Eleanore Blanchard)
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Miner-turned-dentist McTeague wins young Trina Sieppe away from her cousin Marcus, McTeague's friend. When Trina wins five thousand dollars in a lottery, Marcus accuses McTeague of marrying her for her money. Trina becomes more and more obsessed with money, refusing to spend any of her winnings even though she and her husband are forced into dire straits. When Marcus informs the authorities that McTeague is not licensed as a dentist, thus depriving him of his meager living, the friendship and the marriage are destroyed. At last murder intrudes, leaving no one unscathed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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10 January 1916 (USA)  »

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Review from Motion Picture World, Jan. 10, 1916 - sounds like GREED alright!
3 March 2016 | by (Culpeper, VA USA) – See all my reviews

LIFE'S WHIRLPOOL (Five Parts Jan. 10, 1916). The cast includes Holbrook Blinn and Fania Marinoff.

McTeague begins life in the mines. He later becomes an unlicensed practicing dentist. He is a man of violent physical passions, but until he meets little Trina, who visits his dental office, his love instincts have never been aroused.

McTeague induces Trina to marry him through the sheer force of his domineering personality The couple are not happy. Trina develops miserly instincts and -when she wins a .$5,000 lottery prize, she hoards the money and grows more and more avaricious.

McTeague quarrels with Marcus, his former rival for Trina's affections, and the ill feeling between the two men leads to a fierce combat in which McTeague proves the victor. In revenge Marcus has McTeague prevented from practicing dentistry because he has no diploma.

McTeague leans on Trina for support but she turns him away. Trina has a severe illness and while recuperating develops a mania for fond- ling her hoarded gold pieces. McTeague re- turns to find Trina showering handfuls of gold upon her bed. After a terrific scene he strangles her and steals the money.

Marcus, determined to avenge Trina's death, trails the fugitive McTeague into the heart of Death Valley, where the two men come at last face to face in a final battle to the death under the blistering desert sun.


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