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7 December 1919 (USA) See more »
An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Throwback Thursday: Von Stroheim!
 (From Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. 27 August 2014, 9:00 PM, PDT)

What is the 21st Century?: Hear This, It's Real
 (From MUBI. 1 January 2013, 8:08 PM, PST)

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Directed by
Erich von Stroheim (directed by) (as Erich Stroheim)
Writing credits
Erich von Stroheim (book "The Pinnacle") (as Erich Stroheim)

Erich von Stroheim (adaption) (as Erich Stroheim)

Erich von Stroheim (scenario by) (as Erich Stroheim)

Lillian Ducey (titles by)

Produced by
Erich von Stroheim .... producer
Cinematography by
Ben F. Reynolds (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Eleanor Fried (edited by)
Frank Lawrence (edited by)
Viola Lawrence (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)
Grant Whytock (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Richard Day 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Sowders .... assistant director (as Eddy Sowders)
K.C. Stewart .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Daniels .... camera operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Sepp Innerkofler .... in memory of

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92 min (18 fps) | Germany:99 min (18 fps) (Berlin International Film Festival) | Austria:99 min (18 fps) | UK:99 min (DVD release)
Black And White (color toned)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Erich von Stroheim had to agree to wave fees as writer and director in order to make this first film as writer director. However, he still got $200 a week to star.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In one shot, when the wife walks across her bedroom, a spotlight beam is visible on the ground following her.See more »
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A Von Stroheim film with a reasonable length!, 25 March 2017
Author: calvinnme from United States

"Blind Husbands" is a film in which Von Stroheim both directed and acted. The story seems somewhat routine now, but was considered racy for its day. It concerns a rather bland American doctor and his neglected wife on vacation in the Alps who cross paths with Lieutenant Erich Von Steuben (Von Stroheim), a military man with an eye for the ladies. He pursues the doctor's wife while the doctor is preoccupied with climbing the local mountains. Its main features are that the characters are well-developed compared with other films of the 1910's and also that the running time is a mere 90 minutes compared with later Von Stroheim efforts where he wound up going wild and shooting hours of film.

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