Foolish Wives

Story: A man posing as a count seduces and blackmails rich women. The film's budget was $1.1 million, the most expensive up to that time.

Scenery: An elaborate full-size mock-up of a four-story Monte Carlo casino was built on Sea Lion Point at Point Lobos, where much of the action was filmed. Other scenes on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

Also of local interest: The film employed 500 local people as extras, including such famous names as Charles Crocker, Betty Folger, Howard & Rudolph Spreckles, George Newhall, M.H. DeYoung, and Samuel F.B Morse.


  • Director: Erich von Stroheim.
  • Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Maud George, Mae Busch, Cesare Gravina.


  • Year: 1922
  • Studio: Universal
  • Film: B&W
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Sound: Silent
  • Running time: 107 min (U.S.); was extended to a whopping 6 hours and 24 minutes for South American release.


Information compiled from:
The Monterey Herald,
the Monterey County Film Commission, Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide,
the Internet Movie Database,
and other sources.

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