Blind Husbands

The Pinacle (Working title)

Directed by: Erich von Stroheim, , USA, 1919

  • Genre: Drama,
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Cast and Credits

Production Universal Pictures [(as Universal-Jewel Production de Luxe)]
Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Producer Carl Laemmle [Presenter]
Erich von Stroheim
Director Erich von Stroheim
Assistant Director K.C. Stewart
Scenario Erich von Stroheim
Based on Erich von Stroheim [The Pinnacle]
Titles Lilian Ducey
Director of Photography Ben F. Reynolds
Camera Operator William H. Daniels [(not credited)]
Editor Eleanor Fried
Frank Lawrence
Viola Mallory [(as Viola Lawrence)]
Erich von Stroheim [(not credited)]
Grant Whytock [(not credited)]
Art Director Erich von Stroheim
Cast Sam de Grasse [Dr. Robert Armstrong, The Husband]
Francelia Billington [Margaret Armstrong, The Wife]
Erich von Stroheim [Lt. Erich von Steuben, The Other Man]
Gibson Gowland [Sepp Innerkofler, The Mountain Guide (as T.H. Gibson Gowland)]
Fay Holderness [The 'Vamp' Waitress]
Ruby Kendrick [A Village Blossom]
Valerie Germonprez [Honeymooner]
Jack Perrin [Honeymooner]
Richard Cummings [The Village Physician]
Louis Fitzroy [The Village Priest]
Percy Challenger [Man from 'Home']
William Duvalle [Man from 'Home']
Jack Mathes [Man from 'Home']

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,Length: 105 minutes, 8 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: December 7, 1919 in USA
US Copyright: October 21, 1919 - ©LP.14317
Survival Status: Prints of this picture exist [Archiv: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Bruxelles), Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal), Cinemateket - Svenska Filminstitutet (Stockholm) , Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), Arhiva Nationala de Filme (Bucuresti), Filmmuseum / Münchner Stadtmuseum (München), Filmoteka Narodowa (Warszawa), Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Archives Of Canada (Ottawa), Österreichisches Filmarchiv (Wien), ]
Szenenphoto aus Blind Husbands, © Universal Pictures

Synopsis in German
Mit salbungsvollen Worten von "unsterblichen Bergen, wo die Menschen klein und Gott gross sind", mit der Präsentation untadeliger Charaktere, die "ihr Leben riskieren, um das anderer zu schützen", beginnt BLIND HUSBANDS und erinnert damit zunächst an zeittypisches Bergpathos. Doch da ist auch der leichtlebige Kavallerieleutnant von Steuben (Erich von Stroheim), dessen Bergbegeisterung nur Tarnung ist, um sich an wohlhabende junge Touristinnen heranzumachen. In der Gattin des amerikanischen Arztes Dr. Armstrong (Francelia Billington) hat er ein neues Opfer gefunden. Denn Armstrong (Sam de Grasse) selbst findet zwischen ärztlichem Pflichtbewusstsein und Bergsteigerei kaum Zeit für seine Frau. Höhenmoral stösst hier, karikaturhaft zugespitzt, auf Amoral und Hedonismus. Am Ende gewinnt erwartungsgemäss die Askese, und von Steuben scheitert sowohl an der Charakterfestigkeit von Mrs. Armstrong als auch im alpinen Zweikampf mit ihrem Mann. Doch bis es soweit ist, spielt Stroheim genüsslich mit Etikette und Erotik und stattet den Tugendwettbewerb grosszügig mit Ironie aus." (Filmarchiv Austria)

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General Information

Blind Husbands is a motion picture produced in the year 1919 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Erich von Stroheim, with Sam de Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland, Fay Holderness, in the leading parts. There are no reviews of Blind Husbands available.

Szenenphoto aus Blind Husbands, © Universal Pictures


Bibliography Bio
17 June 1920, pp. 57-58.
- Exhibitor's Trade Review, 11 October 1919, pg 1658.
- The Motion Picture News, 27 September 1919, pg 2504.
- The Motion Picture News, 9 November 1919.--
- The Motion Picture News, 11 October 1919, pg 3044.
- The Moving Picture World, 27 September 1919, pg 1966.
- New York Morning Telegraph, 5 October 1919.--
- New York Times, 8 December 1919, pg 20.
- New York Review, 4 October 1919.--
- Variety, 12 December 1919, pg 46.
- Wid's Film Daily, 19 October 1919, pg 7.
- La Cinémathèque Suisse, 168-9, Lausanne 1998

References in Databases
American Film Institute Nr. 18074
American Silent Feature Film Database Nr. 520
IMDb - International Movie Data Base Nr. tt0009937
KinoTV Database Nr. 2177
Progressive List of Silent Films

Unter anderem wurde der Film bei folgenden Filmfestivals aufgeführt:

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