Blind Husbands (1919)

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An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.


(as Erich Stroheim)


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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 <>

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Drama | Romance





Release Date:

21 October 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pinnacle  »

Box Office


$42,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Featured in The Universal Story (1995) See more »

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Amazingly simple film
29 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow--is this the SAME director that was known for his obsessive need to film and re-film and re-film ad nauseum? Is this this the director who made GREED at over nine hours and insisted it not be cut any further? Is this the same director whose work was severely limited because the studios grew tired of his inflexibility and excessive spending? None of this appears to be the case when you watch this simple film, but all are amazingly true--just not evident in this film. Somehow, von Stroheim was able to complete a film that is simple, a reasonable length and well worth seeing. In fact, he also co-stars in this movie and does a fine job playing an adventurous cad.

The plot is pretty simple. A husband has a tendency to take his wife for granted while on vacation to the Dolemites (a mountain range in Northern Italy). A soldier and adventurer, von Stroheim, sees this and slowly tries to seduce the lonely wife. How all this works out as well as the beautifully filmed conclusion I'll leave to you to figure out on your own. This is a morality play that for its day isn't too preachy and is sure to entertain.

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