Greed is a 1924 American silent psychological drama film written and directed by Erich von Stroheim and based on the 1899 Frank Norris novel McTeague. It stars Gibson Gowland as Dr. John McTeague; ZaSu Pitts as Trina Sieppe, his wife; and Jean Hersholt as McTeague's friend and eventual enemy Marcus Schouler. The film tells the story of McTeague, a San Francisco dentist, who marries his best friend Schouler's girlfriend Trina.
Von Stroheim's original edit contained two main sub-plots that were later cut. The point of these sub-plots was to contrast two possible outcomes of Trina and McTeague's life together. The first depicted the lives of the junkman Zerkow and Maria Miranda Macapa, the young Mexican woman who collects junk for Zerkow and sold Trina the lottery ticket. Maria often talks about her imaginary solid gold dining set with Zerkow, who becomes obsessed by it. Eventually, believing she has riches hidden away, Zerkow marries her. He often asks about it, but she gives a different answer each time he mentions it. Zerkow does not believe her and becomes obsessed with prying the truth from her. He murders her and, after having lost his mind, leaps into San Francisco Bay.
|author||Erich von Stroheim Joseph Farnham June Mathis|
|director||Erich von Stroheim|
|editor||Erich von Stroheim Frank Hull Grant Whytock Joseph W. Farnham June Mathis Rex Ingram|
|keywords||apartment complex lottery ticket mexican woman obsess san francisco bay|
|producer||Abe Lehr Erich von Stroheim Irving Thalberg|
|productionCompany||The Goldwyn Company–Metro-Goldwyn|
|recordedAt||California San Francisco|
|theme||epic psychological drama|