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11 January 1922 (USA) See more »
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The first real MILLION DOLLAR PICTURE
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Man You Love to Hate Disappoints See more (15 total) »

Cast

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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

Mae Busch ... Her Cousin - Princess Vera Petchnikoff

Erich von Stroheim ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel De Brulier ... Monk (uncredited)
Robert Edeson ... Andrew J. Hughes (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Mother Garoupe (uncredited)
Harrison Ford ... Rude Soldier / Armless Soldier (uncredited)
Valerie Germonprez ... Extra (uncredited)
Mrs. Kent ... Dr. Judd's Wife (uncredited)
Mme. Kopetzky ... Actress (uncredited)

Mary Philbin ... Crippled Girl (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ... Secretary of State of Monaco (uncredited)
Louis K. Webb ... Dr. Judd (uncredited)
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Directed by
Erich von Stroheim  (as Erich Von Stroheim)
 
Writing credits
Erich von Stroheim (story and scenario) (as Erich Von Stroheim)

Marian Ainslee (titles) &
Walter Anthony (titles)

Erich von Stroheim  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
András Hamary (1999)
Sigmund Romberg 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photography) (as William Daniels)
Ben F. Reynolds (photography) (as Ben Reynolds)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Lennig (reconstruction) (1989 version)
Arthur Ripley (film editor)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Proctor .... assistant director
Edward Sowders .... assistant director (as Edward A. Sowders)
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Day .... architect (as Capt. Richard Day)
Elmer Sheeley .... architect
Van Alstein .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Joe Brown .... illumination and lighting effects (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Daniel Mandell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Edward Sowders .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Julius Stern .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Steve Sterner .... music composed by (1989 version)
Steve Sterner .... music performed by (1989 version)
Frank Strobel .... conductor (1999)
J. Frank Cork .... conductor: premiere (uncredited)
J. Frank Cork .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presents
R.H. Cochrane .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Robert Edeson .... double: Rudolph Christians (uncredited)
J. Lambert .... research assistant (uncredited)
Gustav Machatý .... assistant: Mr. Stroheim (uncredited)
William Meyers .... technical director (uncredited)
James R. Sullivan .... technical director (uncredited)
George Williams .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min | Sweden:384 min (original version) | Canada:140 min (Ontario) | USA:107 min (TCM print)
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Canada:G (Ontario)

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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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Continuity: 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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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Man You Love to Hate Disappoints, 1 September 2004
Author: Mike-764 (michaelnella@yahoo.com) from Flushing, NY

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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