The Devil's Passkey (1920) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Devil's Passkey (1920)




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Made in between his two classics, Blind Husbands and Foolish Wives, this drama from director Erich von Stroheim centers on a restless American wife married to a rich but unsuccessful playwright who reels after his newest work is rejected. The trouble begins when she finds herself strongly attracted to a handsome army officer and begins an affair. Unfortunately, the scandal hits the paper, though no names are mentioned. Upon reading about it, the playwright is suddenly inspired and uses it to beef up his play. He has no idea that his wife is involved until opening night. The play is a smash hit thanks to his wife's philandering, but she is utterly humiliated. She gets a headache and asks her husband, who still doesn't know, to escort her home. Instead he asks her lover to do it. As the party goes on, the truth theatens to come out. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Al Edmundsen
as Alphonse Marier
Clyde Fillmore
as Capt. Rex Strong
Mae Busch
as La Belle Odera
Maude George
as Renee Malot
Leo White
as Amadeus Malot
Ruth King
as Countess de Trouverre
Edward Reinach
as Director of Theatre Francais
Sam De Grasse
as Warren Goodwright
Una Trevelyan
as Grace Goodwright
Jack Mathis
as Count de Trouverre
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Passkey

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

[The film] leaves a bad taste.

September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Eric von Stroheim, whose Blind Husbands was one of the outstanding cinematographic works of last year, has done another photoplay of exceptional quality.

September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The idea is original and interesting and the pictorial background richly effective.

September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

[Erich von Stroheim] has taken a plain eternal triangle story again and made it overwhelmingly powerful by dressing it up with a wonderful production in which a distinct and fascinating Parisian atmosphere is not the least essential.

September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The Devil's Pass Key plays upon the emotions of the spectator lightly. It reflects the gaiety and glitter of the Paris shops and boulevard. Watching it is like reading a typical French novel of the lighter sort.

September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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