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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

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Rudolph Christians ...
Andrew J. Hughes - U.S. Special-Envoy to Monaco
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Helen Hughes (as Miss Dupont)
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Princess Olga Petchnikoff
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Princess Vera Petchnikoff
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Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Maruschka
Albert Edmondson ...
Pavel Pavlich (as Al Edmondson)
Cesare Gravina ...
Cesare Ventucci
Malvina Polo ...
Marietta Ventucci (as Malvine Polo)
C.J. Allen ...
Albert 1 - Prince of Monaco
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Monk (uncredited)
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Andrew J. Hughes (uncredited)
Agnes Emerson ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Mother Garoupe (uncredited)
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Rude Soldier / Armless Soldier (uncredited)
Valerie Germonprez ...
Extra (uncredited)
Mrs. Kent ...
Dr. Judd's Wife (uncredited)
Mme. Kopetzky ...
Actress (uncredited)
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Crippled Girl (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ...
Secretary of State of Monaco (uncredited)
Louis K. Webb ...
Dr. Judd (uncredited)

Directed by

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Erich von Stroheim ... (as Erich Von Stroheim)

Written by

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Erich von Stroheim ... (story and scenario) (as Erich Von Stroheim)
 
Marian Ainslee ... (titles) &
Walter Anthony ... (titles)
 
Erich von Stroheim ... (titles) (uncredited)

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Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

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András Hamary ... (1999)
Sigmund Romberg

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William H. Daniels ... (photography) (as William Daniels)
Ben F. Reynolds ... (photography) (as Ben Reynolds)

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Arthur Lennig ... (reconstruction)
Arthur Ripley ... film editor

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Daniel Mandell ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bob Roberts ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Edward Sowders ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Julius Stern ... supervising editor (uncredited)

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Jack R. Proctor ... assistant director
Edward Sowders ... assistant director (as Edward A. Sowders)
Louis Germonprez ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Richard Day ... architect (as Capt. Richard Day)
Elmer Sheeley ... architect
Van Alstein ... scenic artist (uncredited)

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Harry Joe Brown ... illumination and lighting effects (uncredited)

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Steve Sterner ... music composed by / music performed by
Frank Strobel ... conductor (1999)
J. Frank Cork ... conductor: premiere (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

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Carl Laemmle ... presenter
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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Plot Summary

"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

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Taglines Von Stroheim's Million Dollar Photo-play. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Folies de femmes (France)
  • Närrische Weiber (Germany)
  • Törichte Frauen (Germany)
  • Esposas frívolas (Spain)
  • Tolle Weiber (Austria)
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  • 117 min
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Budget $1,100,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Erich von Stroheim's attention to detail was such that he ordered an engraver to print copies of French money as props for the movie (he was playing the role of a counterfeiter). Unfortunately, the money printed was realistic enough that, shortly before shooting began, von Stroheim was arrested and hauled into court on counterfeiting charges. He escaped punishment by arguing to the judge that "the money was for use in pictures only." See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (1975). See more »

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