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Foolish Wives (1922)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 11 January 1922 (USA)
A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.


Erich von Stroheim (as Erich Von Stroheim)


Erich von Stroheim (story and scenario) (as Erich Von Stroheim), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Christians Rudolph Christians ... Andrew J. Hughes - U.S. Special-Envoy to Monaco
Miss DuPont ... Helen Hughes (as Miss Dupont)
Maude George ... Princess Olga Petchnikoff
Mae Busch ... Princess Vera Petchnikoff
Erich von Stroheim ... Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Dale Fuller ... Maruschka
Albert Edmondson Albert Edmondson ... Pavel Pavlich (as Al Edmondson)
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Cesare Ventucci
Malvina Polo Malvina Polo ... Marietta Ventucci (as Malvine Polo)
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ... Albert 1 - Prince of Monaco


"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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Drama | Thriller


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In the intertitles, there is a mistake in French. Faites vos joux should be Faites vos jeux. The word is misspelled. See more »


When Marushka is pleading with the Count to marry her, at the start of the scene he has a black, mourning armband on his upper left arm. When a different perspective is shown, the armband is gone. A few seconds later, the armband is back, where it stays for the rest of the scene. See more »


Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army: Yes-husbands are stupid; with them a woman won is a woman secure...
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Alternate Versions

The Kino Video edition released in 2003 is 143 minutes. See more »


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Greed (1924) is much better.
20 September 2020 | by PCC0921See all my reviews

Erich von Stroheim does do a great job as a creep, who cons young, naïve women into getting his hands on their money and the last 30 minutes of this film is pretty good, but that really is all this film has. This is considered von Stroheim's greatest film. It's supposed to be a true classic. I was too turned off by the disjointed editing and piecing together of the story. There were a lot of technical issues that could have easily been fixed, even for 1922. I was disappointed and I have seen some amazing silent movies before this.

6.7 (C- MyGrade) = 7 IMDB

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Release Date:

11 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Foolish Wives See more »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)
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| (original) | (Ontario) | (TCM print)

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1.33 : 1
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