The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.

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Erich von Stroheim

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June Mathis (screen adaptation and scenario), Erich von Stroheim (screen adaptation and scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Trina
Gibson Gowland ... McTeague
Jean Hersholt ... Marcus
Dale Fuller ... Maria
Tempe Pigott ... Mother McTeague
Sylvia Ashton Sylvia Ashton ... 'Mommer' Sieppe (as Silvia Ashton)
Chester Conklin ... 'Popper' Sieppe
Joan Standing Joan Standing ... Selina
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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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Trina: [McTeague sent her to the butcher with $1.00 to get some meat, turning up her nose at the prices] Got anything cheaper?
Butcher: [picks up a bucket] Three days old.
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Alternate Versions

Version 4, 18 reels (circa 5,400 meters), edited by Rex Ingram - This version with a running time of 3 h 56 m at 20 fps was not approved, either, and it was almost unknown to film historians due to the in-fighting at MGM between Ingram and Meyer. See more »

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Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) See more »

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Be patient
13 October 2016 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

It's pretty tiresome to watch four hours of a black and white silent movie, which was cut to two hours seventy years ago and then, in our time, restored to original length by using photos from shooting to replace lost material... But it is definitely worth your patience. In the beginning, it may seem too stretched and even boring, but as you watch for some time it starts to pull you in and all shortcomings slowly fade from sight until you are left with a strong impression.

7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

26 January 1925 (USA) See more »

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Greedy Wives See more »

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Budget:

$546,883 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1999 reconstructed) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (Handschiegel Color)

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1.33 : 1
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