It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »
John McTeague was a simple slow man who became a dentist after working at the Big Dipper Gold Mine. He is now being hunted in Death Valley by his ex-best friend Marcus and the law. His lot was cast the day that he meet his future wife Trina in his office. She was with Marcus and she bought a lottery ticket. Well Mac fell for her and Marcus stepped aside. When Mac and Trina married, she won the Lottery for $5000 and became obsessive about the money in gold. Marcus is steamed as he stepped aside and now she is rich so he has the law shut down Mac as he has no official schooling for his dentistry. Trina fearful that they will take her gold away sells everything and takes all Mac earns when he is working. She adds to her stash of gold as they both live as paupers. When Mac has no job and no money, he leaves and Trina moves. Driven to desperation at being poor and hungry he finds Trina and demands the gold. Written by
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The finished film ran 42 reels, and Thalberg ordered von Stroheim to edit it down to 24. The director wanted Metro to release it as two separate films, but Thalberg said no. Rex Ingram was so moved by the film he volunteered to edit it down to 18 reels gratis, which he did. He told von Stroheim that not one more frame should be cut, but Thalberg ordered June Mathis to edit it down to only 10 reels and add titles to bridge the narrative gaps. It is in this final truncated form that it exists today. See more »
After Marcus breaks McTeague's pipe and throws a knife at him, men pull McTeague's tie off as they hold him back. The tie is back in place a moment later as McTeague rushes out of the saloon. See more »
[counting her money]
$750, oh how I saved and slaved for you. Nobody will ever have you.
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The restored version that is currently shown on TCM from time to time is the only version worth watching. While it's not complete, it has more footage than the print that has been floating around since 1925. The restored version runs a good 4 hours, with stills and titles, and is beautifully tinted. If you plan on seeing this, see the restored one, it is truly a powerful film.
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