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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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Mother McTeague
Sylvia Ashton ...
'Mommer' Sieppe (as Silvia Ashton)
'Popper' Sieppe
Joan Standing ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Barlow ...
The Minister (uncredited)
Lita Chevrier ...
Extra (uncredited)
McTeague Sr. (uncredited)
Gwendolynne D'Amour ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (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 ...
Charles W. Grannis (uncredited)
Harold Henderson ...
Extra (uncredited)
Austen Jewell ...
August Sieppe (uncredited)
Mrs. Heise (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...
Gossip (uncredited)
J. Aldrich Libbey ...
Mr. Ryer (uncredited)
Mr. Heise (uncredited)
Hugh J. McCauley ...
The Photographer (uncredited)
Placer County Sheriff (uncredited)
Fanny Midgley ...
Miss Anastasia Baker (uncredited)
William Mollenhauer ...
Palmist (uncredited)
Lottery Agent (uncredited)
Reta Revela ...
Mrs. Ryer (uncredited)
Alexander Rose ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ...
Joe Frenna (uncredited)
Max Tyron ...
Uncle Rudolph Oelbermann (uncredited)
Erich von Ritzau ...
Dr. Painless Potter (uncredited)
Balloon Vendor (uncredited)
James Wang ...
Chinese Cook (uncredited)

Directed by

Erich von Stroheim ... (personally directed by)

Written by

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
David Gill ... producer
Louis B. Mayer ... executive producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Carl Davis
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 ... (uncredited)
June Mathis ... (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim ... (uncredited)
Grant Whytock ... (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
Carol Littleton ... editorial consultant (1999 reconstruction)
Russ Martin ... on-line editor (1999 reconstruction)
Andrew Pierce ... editorial assistance (1999 reconstruction)
Marguerite Faust ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

Erich von Stroheim ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Richard Day ... (uncredited)
Cedric Gibbons ... (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim ... (uncredited)

Production Management

Liz Sutherland ... production manager
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

Cedric Gibbons ... settings
Richard Koszarski ... consultant (1999 reconstruction) (as Richard Kozarski)
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)

Location Management

Harold Henderson ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

William Bradford ... music recordist
Mike Fairbairn ... dubbing assistant
Brian Friedman ... recording engineer and remixing: 1999 Los Angeles music session
John Harle ... musician: saxophone
Robert Israel ... arranger: musical score (1999) / conductor (1999)
Colin Matthews ... orchestrator
David Matthews ... orchestrator
David Nolan ... musician: violin
Petr Reznicek ... music producer (1999)
Paul Wing ... orchestra manager
Jack Brennan ... musician (uncredited)
James Brennan ... musician (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Eve Bessette ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Albert Cuellar ... hand tinted stills (1999 reconstruction)
Frances Hewson ... production assistant
Louis B. Mayer ... presenter
Deborah Ross ... title design consultant (1999 reconstruction)
Jod Soraci ... film transfer (1999 reconstruction)
James V. King ... dailies projectionist (uncredited) / 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
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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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It took two years to make; it gives you two hours of engrossing entertainment. You may hate it, as you hate the dangerous undercurrents of life, but you will be fascinated, thrilled, held spell-bound. (Print Ad-Daily Alaska Empire, ((Juneau, Alaska)) 20 January 1927) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Greedy Wives (United States)
  • Les rapaces (France)
  • Gier nach Geld (Germany)
  • Avaricia (Spain)
  • Ouro e Maldição (Brazil)
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  • 140 min
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Budget $546,883 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia This film features one of the earliest uses of a hidden camera in film-making. When Trina (Zasu Pitts) leaves the junk shop after discovering the dead body, she rushes into a real street and into real passers-by who were unaware they were being filmed. A crowd gathered, police turned up to the scene and it is said that a reporter called in the 'murder' to his editor. This coincides with Dziga Vertov's Kino Eye (1924) which also used hidden camera techniques for the first time. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Quotes Title card: GOLD - GOLD - GOLD - GOLD. Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold, Molten, Graven, Hammered, Rolled, Hard to Get and Light to Hold; Stolen, Borrowed, Squandered - Doled.
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