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Release Date:
26 January 1925 (USA) See more »
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
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A Classic Reconstructed See more (77 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zasu Pitts ... Trina

Gibson Gowland ... McTeague

Jean Hersholt ... Marcus
Dale Fuller ... Maria
Tempe Pigott ... Mother McTeague
Sylvia Ashton ... 'Mommer' Sieppe (as Silvia Ashton)

Chester Conklin ... 'Popper' Sieppe
Joan Standing ... Selina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Barlow ... The Minister (uncredited)
Lita Chevrier ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... McTeague Sr. (uncredited)
James F. Fulton ... Cribbens - Prospector (uncredited)
Edward Gaffney ... Extra (uncredited)
Florence Gibson ... Hag (uncredited)
James Gibson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Oscar Gottell ... Sieppe Twin (uncredited)
Otto Gottell ... Sieppe Twin (uncredited)
Cesare Gravina ... Zwerkow - Junkman (uncredited)

Bee Ho Gray ... (uncredited)

Frank Hayes ... Charles W. Grannis (uncredited)
Harold Henderson ... Extra (uncredited)
Austen Jewell ... August Sieppe (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Mrs. Heise (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Gossip (uncredited)
J. Aldrich Libbey ... Mr. Ryer (uncredited)
Hughie Mack ... Mr. Heise (uncredited)
Hugh J. McCauley ... The Photographer (uncredited)
Jack McDonald ... Placer County Sheriff (uncredited)
Fanny Midgley ... Miss Anastasia Baker (uncredited)
William Mollenhauer ... Palmist (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Lottery Agent (uncredited)
Reta Revela ... Mrs. Ryer (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ... Joe Frenna (uncredited)
Max Tyron ... Uncle Rudolph Oelbermann (uncredited)
Erich von Ritzau ... Dr. Painless Potter (uncredited)

Erich von Stroheim ... Balloon Vendor (uncredited)
James Wang ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Erich von Stroheim (personally directed by)
Writing credits
June Mathis (screen adaptation and scenario) and
Erich von Stroheim (screen adaptation and scenario)

Frank Norris (from the American classic "McTeague" by)

Joseph Farnham  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (1986 alternate version)
David Gill .... producer (1986 alternate version)
Louis B. Mayer .... executive producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl Davis (1986 alternate version)
Robert Israel (1999)
William Axt (uncredited)
Leo Kempinski (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photography) (as Wm. H. Daniels)
Ben F. Reynolds (photography)
Film Editing by
Joseph Farnham (edited by) (as Jos. W. Farnham)
Glenn Morgan (1999 reconstruction)
Frank E. Hull (uncredited)
Rex Ingram (18-reel version) (uncredited)
June Mathis (42-reel version) (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim (42-reel version) (uncredited)
Grant Whytock (18-reel version) (uncredited)
Production Design by
Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Richard Day (uncredited)
Cedric Gibbons (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Cedric Gibbons (settings)
Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... production manager (1986 alternate version)
J.J. Cohn .... production manager (uncredited)
Harry Rapf .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Sowders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Koszarski .... consultant (1999 reconstruction)
Charles Rogers .... props (uncredited)
Frank Ybarra .... props (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sasha Leuterer .... visual effects: flame (1999 reconstruction)
Chad Mielke .... motion control effects (1999 reconstruction)
Camera and Electrical Department
Warren Lynch .... still photographer
Walter Bader .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... camera operator (uncredited)
H.C. Van Dyke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Shimit Amin .... editorial assistance (1999 reconstruction)
Jarrett Fijal .... editorial assistance (1999 reconstruction)
Jessica Kongthong .... editorial assistance (1999 reconstruction)
David Lewinton .... videotape editor (1986 alternate version)
Carol Littleton .... editorial consultant (1999 reconstruction)
Russ Martin .... on-line editor (1999 reconstruction)
Andrew Pierce .... editorial assistance (1999 reconstruction)
Marguerite Faust .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Harold Henderson .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
William Bradford .... music recordist (1986 alternate version)
Mike Fairbairn .... dubbing assistant (1986 alternate version)
Brian Friedman .... recording engineer and remixing: 1999 Los Angeles music session
John Harle .... musician: saxophone (1986 alternate version)
Robert Israel .... arranger: musical score (1999)
Robert Israel .... conductor (1999)
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator (1986 alternate version)
David Matthews .... orchestrator (1986 alternate version)
David Nolan .... musician: violin (1986 alternate version)
Petr Reznicek .... music producer (1999)
Paul Wing .... orchestra manager (1986 alternate version)
Jack Brennan .... musician (uncredited)
James Brennan .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Albert Cuellar .... hand tinted stills (1999 reconstruction)
Frances Hewson .... production assistant (1986 alternate version)
Louis B. Mayer .... presenter
Deborah Ross .... title design consultant (1999 reconstruction)
Jod Soraci .... film transfer (1999 reconstruction)
Eve Bessette .... script supervisor (uncredited)
James V. King .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
James V. King .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
Gretchen Peter Berg .... special thanks: 1999
Kevin Brownlow .... special thanks: 1999, Photoplay Productions Ltd.
Christian Ramsey Clyde .... special thanks: 1999
Ned Comstock .... special thanks: 1999, USC Cinema-Television Library and Archives of Performing Arts
Mary Corliss .... special thanks: 1999, The Museum of Modern Art
Robert Cushman .... special thanks: 1999, The Margaret Herrick Library
Todd Darling .... special thanks: 1999
Allen Daviau .... special thanks: 1999
Chris Espinel .... special thanks: 1999
George Feltenstein .... special thanks: 1999
Robert Gitt .... special thanks: 1999 (as Bob Gitt)
Daniel Goldman .... special thanks: 1999
Barbara Hall .... special thanks: 1999, The Margaret Herrick Library
Linda Harris Mehr .... special thanks: 1999, The Margaret Herrick Library
Bryan Heath .... special thanks: 1999
Heather Holmes .... special thanks: 1999
Tom Karsch .... special thanks: 1999
Diane Koszarski .... special thanks: 1999
Mike Krause .... special thanks: 1999
Don Krim .... special thanks: 1999
Nelson Lyon .... special thanks: 1999
Ron Magliozzi .... special thanks: 1999, The Museum of Modern Art (as Ronald S. Magliozzi)
Greg Maher .... special thanks: 1999
Dorothy Manzareck .... special thanks: 1999
Ray Manzareck .... special thanks: 1999
Francesca Marini .... special thanks: 1999
Richard P. May .... special thanks: 1999 (as Richard May)
Roger Mayer .... special thanks: 1999
John McCarroll .... special thanks: 1999
Andrew McCausland .... special thanks: 1999
Don Montoure .... special thanks: 1999
Jennifer Morgan .... special thanks: 1999
Hugh Monro Neely .... special thanks: 1999
John Novacek .... special thanks: 1999
Justin Pettigrew .... special thanks: 1999
Jonathan Rosenbaum .... special thanks: 1999
Carol Ann Rosenblum .... special thanks: 1999 (as Carol Ann Rosenbaum)
Walter Ruben .... special thanks: 1999
David Shepard .... special thanks: 1999
Jan Sitar .... special thanks: 1999
Patrick Stanbury .... special thanks: 1999, Photoplay Productions Ltd.
Laurie Van Rosen .... special thanks: 1999
Harriet von Stroheim .... special thanks: 1999
Josef von Stroheim .... special thanks: 1999
Mary Alice von Stroheim .... special thanks: 1999
Beth Werling .... special thanks: 1999, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (as Beth D. Werling)
Daniel Woodruff .... special thanks: 1999, The Margaret Herrick Library (as Dan Woodruff)
Crew verified as complete

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140 min | USA:239 min (1999 reconstructed version) | Portugal:130 min (original version) (20 fps)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Took two years to shoot.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Trina:[counting her money] $750, oh how I saved and slaved for you. Nobody will ever have you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) (V)See more »


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69 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Reconstructed, 23 January 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

In January of 1924, director Erich von Stroheim gathered a small group of friends to view his magnum opus, a film which would become legendary. This was GREED & when the experience was over, all there agreed that they had just seen the greatest motion picture ever created. They were the only audience to see the film in its entirety.

Von Stroheim was, with Griffith & Chaplin, one of the authentic geniuses of the silent cinema. He had an unerring eye for what was visual and how to transfer mere words into astonishing images on the screen. He was also terribly adept at spending other people's money. A notorious stickler for the most authentic minute detail, he ignored concerns for time & financial budgets.

The original GREED ran somewhere between 8 and 9½ hours. While that would be fine for a modern TV miniseries, it is unworkable for a motion picture. The bosses at MGM had had difficulty with von Stroheim before and were in no mood to mess around. GREED was taken out of its director's control and hacked down to 140 minutes. All the excised footage was destroyed. This is the blackest spot on Irving Thalberg's memory. Von Stroheim mourned his lost masterpiece the rest of his life.

The story, although incredibly detailed, is fairly straightforward. The corrupting influence of wealth is examined through the lives of seven individuals. The tragic marriage of Mac, a fake dentist & Trina, an innocent young woman, is compared & contrasted to the equally horrific relationship between the mad Maria & Zerkow the Junkman; and to the beatific love between Old Grannis, owner of a dog hospital & Miss Baker, a sweet old lady. Shadowing Mac & Trina is her cousin Marcus, equally in love with her & the $5,000 she wins in a lottery.

The story of Mac & Trina is the main focus & it is utterly compelling. Seldom has the destruction of a marriage been seen in such detail. Certain scenes stay in the mind a long time: the picnic lunch on the sewer; their wedding, while a funeral procession marches by below; their final bloody confrontation.

The movie ends, as does the book it is based on, in Death Valley. Von Stroheim insisted on actually shooting there in summer. The heat was terrible & it shows on the faces of Gibson Gowland as Mac & Jean Hersholt as Marcus. The ending is as stark & unforgiving as the desert itself.

Mr. Gowland & ZaSu Pitts give the performances of their lives, magnificent in every way. Mr. Gowland shows us the full extent of a simple man being driven insane, while Miss Pitts' change from sweetness to a miserly shrew is truly frightening. Had the film not been butchered and their performances seen in their entirety, they surely would had ascended to the very heights of their profession. As it was, Gowland quickly descended back into obscurity, spending the rest of his career in mostly unbilled bit parts. Miss Pitts became a comedienne, whose vague manner & fluttery hands were seen in many comedies over the next 35 years. Von Stroheim continued with his excesses and finally met his directorial downfall a few years after GREED. He was able to continue on in films as a very good character actor, mostly in Europe.

In 1999, Turner Classic Movies had GREED reconstructed, using hundreds of still photographs taken during production, editing based on an original shooting script, an inspired use of color and tints & a new musical score. The result runs for 4 hours and is wonderful. At last we have a better understanding of Von Stroheim's blighted vision & wasted genius.

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