GREED (1924) – 3


Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) single weight glossy sepia-tinted gelatin silver print still photo, USA. Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Tempe Pigott, Chester Conklin, Joan Standing, dir: Erich von Stroheim; MGM. The legendary film based on the Frank Norris book MCTEAGUE, the screen adaptation by June Mathis and director von Stroheim. When the family of the hard working McTeague win a lottery, his wife Trina’s hoarding of the money destroys their lives. It is stills like this that allowed a restoration of the film. In the history of film, this is the most legendary for its being released in only a very truncated version, with the original cut, running for nearly ten hours, viewed by only a select few at MGM.

Still 179-344 features a romantic moment in the couple’s dentist office and is date stamped Feb. 26, 1925 for the Capitol Theatre showing and except for a bit of waviness and one emulsion mark below Gowland’s arm is also exceptional. NEAR FINE.

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