The Devil's Pass Key (1920)

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The Devil's Pass Key (or The Devil's Passkey) was a 1920 silent drama film directed by Erich von Stroheim. The film was produced by Universal Pictures and distributed under their Jewel banner. The film was von Stroheim's second directorial effort, and considered one of best screen exhibitions of August 1920, with The New York Times later calling it "One of the best photodramatic productions of the year". The last known prints of the movie were discovered to have disintegrated in 1941, and the film is today famous as a lost film. Because this film has been lost for so long, historians often omit it when discussing or writing about the canon of von Stroheim's film work. Grace Goodright (Una Trevelyn), is the wife Warren Goodright (Sam de Grasse), an American playwright living in Paris. Grace is living beyond her means and owes dressmaker Renee Malot (Maude George) money. Malot suggests that Grace contact American army officer Captain Rex Strong (Clyde Fillmore) who might be able to assist her financially. Rex offers Grace a loan, but only if she grants him sexual favors. Grace refuses, and Malot, angered at losing an opportunity for money, attempts unsuccessfully to blackmail Grace.

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