McTeague (film)

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(Life's Whirlpool)
Fania Marinoff and Holbrook Blinn in
Life's Whirlpool (McTeague)
Directed by Barry O'Neil
Produced by William A. Brady (as William A. Brady Picture Plays)
Written by Barry O'Neil (scenario)
E. Magnus Ingleton (scenario)
Based on Frank Norris (novel)
Starring Holbrook Blinn
Fania Marinoff
Distributed by World Film Company
Release date
January 10, 1916
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent film
(English intertitles)

McTeague (also known as Life's Whirlpool) is a 1916 American silent film drama directed by Barry O'Neil. The first motion picture adaptation of Frank Norris's 1899 novel McTeague, the film stars Holbrook Blinn and Fania Marinoff as McTeague and Trina. These roles were later played by Gibson Gowland and Zasu Pitts in Eric von Stroheim's 1924 adaptation of the novel, Greed. Blinn was already famous for playing brutal characters on the stage, as in Salvation Nell (1908).

The film is now considered a lost film.[1]


  • Holbrook Blinn as McTeague
  • Fania Marinoff as Trina
  • Walter Green as Marcus Schuller
  • Philip Robson as Mr. Sieppe
  • Julia Stuart as Mrs. Sieppe
  • Rosemary Dean as Selina Sieppe
  • Eleanor Blanchard as Maria Cappa

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  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988

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