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Foolish Wives (1922)

 |  Drama  |  11 January 1922 (USA)
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

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Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Christians ...
Andrew J. Hughes - U.S. Special-Envoy to Monaco
Miss DuPont ...
Helen - His Wife (as Miss Dupont)
Maude George ...
Her Highness - Princess Olga Petchnikoff
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Her Cousin - Princess Vera Petchnikoff
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Their Cousin - Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Dale Fuller ...
Maruschka - a Maid
Albert Edmondson ...
Pavel Pavlich - a Butler (as Al Edmondson)
Cesare Gravina ...
Cesare Ventucci - a Counterfeiter
Malvina Polo ...
Marietta - His Half-witted Daughter (as Malvine Polo)
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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The first real MILLION DOLLAR PICTURE

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11 January 1922 (USA)  »

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Esposas Ingênuas  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

As the film's production costs skyrocketed, Universal Pictures attempted to use the situation to garner some publicity for it. The studio erected an electronic sign on a rooftop overlooking Broadway, across the street from its New York offices. The sign read "Universal Pictures and 'Erich von Stroheim' (v) will spend $XXX,XXX to entertain you with 'Foolish Wives.'" Each week the numbers of the production costs were updated on the electronic sign, telling how much more the picture had cost. In the end, the total cost of the film, as reported by Universal, was $1,103,736.38. Von Stroheim later claimed that the real cost was only around $700,000. See more »

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When the original actor playing Mr. Hughes died in the middle of filming, he was replaced by a double, who completed his scenes with his back mostly to the camera. Apparently, however, nobody noticed that the original actor had significantly darker hair than his replacement. Therefore, Mr. Hughes's hair turns white in several scenes, including the sequence where his wife says goodbye to him in the casino, and his confrontation with the count at the villa. See more »

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The Man You Love to Hate Disappoints
1 September 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Three Russian aristocrats soak up the decadence of Monte Carlo, despite the fact they are down to their last franc. In order to support their lavish lifestyle, the three use the services of a counterfeiter, and use the notes at the casinos, hoping to exchange the bogus currency for a jackpot. Andrew Hughes, a US envoy, arrives at Monaco with his wife Helen, and the three decide to make pals with the visitors, hoping for financial assistance. One of the three Russians, Count Sergius Karamzin, plans to go further, with continuous advance towards Helen, while disappointing the Count's maid, who loves Sergius. Eventually, circumstances play their hand against the three aristocrats. Its obvious that Von Stroheim was trying to convey a message (with the foolishness of American women and the improper behaviors of the aristocrats), rather than tell a story, and the film really can bore modern audiences, like me, easily by doing that. Even the acting, which is great in later EvS like Greed and the Wedding March, is just run of the mill here. The film could have used improvements on various levels. Rating, 3.


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