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Life's Whirlpool (1916 film)

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Life's Whirlpool
Film still of Fania Marinoff and Holbrook Blinn
Directed byBarry O'Neil
Written byBarry O'Neil (scenario)
E. Magnus Ingleton (scenario)
Based onFrank Norris (novel)
Produced byWilliam A. Brady (as William A. Brady Picture Plays)
StarringHolbrook Blinn
Fania Marinoff
Distributed byWorld Film Company
Release date
January 10, 1916
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
(English intertitles)

Life's Whirlpool (also known as McTeague) 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 the Edward Sheldon play, 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

See also



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