Blind Husbands

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            CARL LAEMMLE
               offers

               BLIND 
              HUSBANDS

COPYRIGHTED BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES CORPORATION

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       From the book
       THE PINNACLE
            by
       Erich Stroheim
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 Adaptation and scenario by
         the author

         Directed by
        ERICH STROHEIM

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          Edited by 
       FRANK LAWRENCE
             and
        ELEANOR FRIED

Photographed by Ben F. Renolds
    Titles by Lilian Ducey

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        Dedicated to
Sepp Innerkofler, world-famous
mountain guide - who risked his
life again and again to save
others, finally sacrificing it on
the Monte Cristallo. Let us re-
member him through years for his
pure and mighty heart.

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              CAST
The Husband ............. Sam DeGrasse
The Wife ................ Francellia Billington
The Other Man ........... Erich von Stroheim
The Mountain Guide ...... T. H. Gibson-Gowland
The "Vamp" Waitress ..... Fay Holderness
A Village Blossom ....... Ruby Kendrick
Honeymooners ............ Valerie Germonprez
                          Jack Perrin
The Village Physician ... Richard Cummings
The Village Priest ...... Louis Fitzroy
Three Men from "Home" ... William Duvalle
                          Jack Mathes
                          Percy Challenger

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One of the most frequent reasons
 for divorce is "alienation of 
affection" ...And the reason within
the reason is the fact that "the
other man" steps in with his 
sincere (or insincere) attentions
just when the husband in his self-
complacency forgets the wooing 
wiles of his prenuptial days...
Guilty! says the world condemning 
"the other man" ...But what of the 
husband?


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Beneath the blue sky ...
 as old ... as the world
 itself ... the Monte
     Cristallo ....

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... and set like a gem ...
almost choked by the near-
ness of the Alpine magni-
tude lies the little village 
of Cortina ...

Note  Cortina D'Ampezzo, on the Austro-
Italian Frontier - the Mecca of American
tourists.

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... the Seventh Day ...

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... and a people ... simple
      and faithful ...

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The wine room of the 
 Hotel Croce Bianca.

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A son of the eternal 
  mountains ... strong
and mute ... as they ...
Silent Sepp ...

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"To the end of my days -
 I remain your friend -"

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 Into the solitude of the
  immortal mountains - -
where man is little and God
is great - - comes Doctor
Robert Armstrong, America's
famous surgeon, seeking rest
and relaxation.

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Margaret, his wife ....

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Lieutenant Von Steuben,
    an Austrian cavalry
officer, with a keen apprecia-
tion of three things: Wine,
WOMEN, Song.

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"Robert - what time 
 is it?"

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The next morning ...

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"Oh Robert -- I forgot 
 my sweater!"

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"Yes, - I saw it - lying
 on the bed -"

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"Did you find it?"

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  That night was the
   Festival of the Trans-
figuration ...

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Three men from home!

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Honeymooners.

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Lover's Lane.

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"- this wonderful night
 is ours - - yours and
 mine!"

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"Even the good old moon
 seems to give us her
 blessing."

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"- I love you."

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"You'll never neglect
 me like that?"

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"Why do you think of
 him - he does not think
 of you?"

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"This wonderful night is
 ours - yours and mine -"

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"- and even the good
 old moon seems to give
 us her blessing -"

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"- I love you."

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"Well, Doc, tomorrow we
 climb the Monte Cristallo.
 And from the north side too 
 - what do you know about
 that?"

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"But why from the north
 side? No one ever
 made it before - -"

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"That's just the reason!"

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"Don't try to break records.
 The mountains have no
 patience with such worldly
 motives - they'll call you to
 account - -"

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"What do you think, 
 Sepp?"

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"It is bad for man to
 believe he is more
 almighty than mountains,
 I know."

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"To me mountains are life-
 less rocks. My pleasure
 has always been to master
 them."

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"We'll be back tomorrow
 night - keep your eyes
 peeled for us!"

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Daybreak.

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.... and as the morning
      advanced ....

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"Robert, look here - isn't
 this wonderful?"

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"Two hundred and fifty
 kronen - but it's two
 hundred years old."

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"I'm sorry, Margaret, but Dr.
 Brunner has a very urgent
 case - a little mother needs
 us - I have to go."

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"Lieutenant, please look
 after my wife until I
 return -"

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"- you were created for
 nothing else but love -
 love with its longings - its
 ecstasies."

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"You must not talk that
 way. I am married -
 and I love my husband."

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"Husband? Love? How 
 can one love alone?"

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.... In the rose glow of
   an Alpine sunset ....

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"What I foresaw has
 happened - - I am
 going up to bring
 them help."

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"Dr. Brunner is detained in
 the country - I am the
 only physician here - - I
 must go."

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"It's a long way. We won't
 return before tomorrow
 night."

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Ready to bring aid to
 those who had reck-
lessly challenged the spirit
of the mountains ...

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... Morning ... and some-
where a lovebird was
calling ... calling to its
mate ....

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"Suppose my husband were
 to come now - !"

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"Your husband does not
 think of you - he climbs
 the mountains - -"

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"- I promise. But give
 me time! Please - -
 please - - !"

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... I call the living ...
I mourn the dead ...

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"If you feel strong enough
 - we'll leave for Rome
 tomorrow."

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"- No! Not until you've
 had your climb to the
 Pinnacle."

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"Then - if you don't mind -
 I'll go tomorrow."

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"Take me with you as far
 as the Pinnacle hut - and
 I'll wait for you until you
 come back - -"

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"Maybe Lieutenant Von
 Steuben would like to
 join our party?"

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"Perhaps - I've heard him
 say that he has climbed
 most of the mountains of
 the world."

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... Cortina had been left far
behind ... and into the cloud-
mist where voices grew fog
muffled to an echo ... went
the party ....

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  Am 16 September
1879 wurde Franz Huber
von Alois Bauer während
einer geheimer Zusammenkunft
mit der Ehefrau des letzteren
überrascht und im darauf
folgenden Zweikampfe von
diesem Felsen herunter
geworfen.

Wanderer bete ein Vater
Unser für die arme Seele!

[dissolves to:]

On Sept. 16th
1879 Franz Huber was
caught by Alexis Bauer
holding a secret meeting
with the latters wife.
In the ensuing fight
the former was thrown
by the betrayed husband
down this precipice
and killed.

Passerby pray for the
condemned soul of the poor sinner

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... and just below the timber-
line, where all the earth
scents mingle ... the Pinnacle
hut ....

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"Separate rooms - if we can 
 have them? I leave at sun-
 rise for the Pinnacle and
 do not want to disturb my
 wife."

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... night and drifting fog
... and a mountain owl
   weirdly calling ...
        calling ...

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"- When all is quiet -
 remember - -"

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The Pinnacle, one of three
 sister peaks in the Dolo-
mites - not the highest but
famed for its inaccessibility.
Buried at its foot lie the victims
of many an intrepid expedition.

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Lifting itself to immortal 
  Heaven - aloof ... for-
bidding ... and still, still as
everlasting death ...

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A platoon of Austrian
  Alpine soldiers on a
mapping expedition.

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"Do you think they
 are in danger?"

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"Not if they left their
 worldly troubles behind."

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The Pinnacle - at the very
  feet of God - where man
forgets his baser self and the 
soul beneath his mind grows
clean.

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"Sepp! Sepp!"

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"Something terrible is
 happening - I know it -
 I feel it. Sepp, I must
 go to them."

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"Did my wife write this
 letter to you?"

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"Was that letter written
 by my wife?"

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"Yes - what of it?"

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"What can one man do
 alone? There is only
 one way up - but many
 ways down - -"

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"I am going to give you one
 chance - if you speak the
 truth - and I shall know it - I
 will not harm you. But if you
 lie - and I shall know that too
 - down you go - -"

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"Did she promise to go
 away with you?"

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"You will not hurt me if
 I speak the - truth?"

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"She did!"

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"No law of God or man
 can make me take you
 down again!"

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"I lied because I was
 afraid you wouldn't
 believe the truth."

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"I didn't do it - I tell you!
 I swear I didn't!"

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"Doctor Armstrong -"

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"I've found him -"

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"He is still up there -
 save - him - -"

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... the spirit of the mountain
had spoken ... and again
everything was still...still as
everlasting death ...

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- Until we meet again.

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"Be good to her -"

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"Little I know of the
 world - but one thing
 she needs: Love."



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