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Director:
Writers:
June Mathis (screen adaptation and scenario) and
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Release Date:
26 January 1925 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
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Masterful Cinema, At Any Length See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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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)
 
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)
Harold Henderson .... location scout (uncredited)
James V. King .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
James V. King .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
 
Thanks
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)
 
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Runtime:
140 min | USA:239 min (1999 reconstructed version) | Portugal:130 min (original version) (20 fps)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
MGM did not want to fund the arduous, expensive trip to Death Valley to shoot the final part of the film, and instead wanted von Stroheim to take the scenes in Oxnard, California. The director ended up getting his way.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[Prologue title card]
Title card:I never truckled; I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. By God, I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn't like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth; I knew it for the truth then, and I know it for the truth now. FRANK NORRIS.
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Referenced in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) (V)See more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Masterful Cinema, At Any Length, 15 March 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

You don't have to watch "Greed" for very long to become impressed with the masterful technique of von Stroheim and his cast. Sometimes it relies on fancy methods such as the occasional use of gold tinting (which must have demanded some painstaking work), and at other times it relies on flawless direction, carefully chosen details, and a keen understanding of what is happening in the characters' lives. The tense finale is especially memorable, a sequence you won't forget for a while.

The only real questions about "Greed" have to do with its length. Hardly anyone disputes the folly of the studio decision to chop the original down to a couple of hours. The restored version uses stills and title cards to fill in the most important scenes that were left out in the studio release, and from this you can also piece together what was actually included in the shorter version. Several significant secondary characters were almost completely eliminated, which took away some of the relationships that were supposed to serve as important comparisons with the central relationship between McTeague and his wife. Even if they had been right to cut the film to a quarter of its length, the choices they made left much to be desired.

Would it really have been better with several more hours of material? Although there is plenty of plot, there isn't anything in the story thematically that would require anything longer then the restored version. It's a gripping study of human flaws, especially greed, but goes no farther. It is admirable to see a director try to hold so closely to a novel, but the Frank Norris novel, while detailed, convincing, and well-conceived as far as it goes, doesn't have the depth or the multi-dimensional characters of the greatest novels. There is no doubt that the lost footage would have provided many more examples of fine film-making, but most of it would not have added very much to the story itself.

What would probably have been perfect is something close to the length of the restored version, with the actual (but now lost) footage instead of the patchwork reconstruction. Since that is impossible, we are very fortunate to have the restored version that includes all of the most important parts of the story and that gives new life to one of the fine classics of silent cinema.

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