In Vienna circa World War I, decadent Count Franz Maximillian von Hohenegg (Norman Kerry), posing as a necktie salesman, falls in love with innocent Agnes (Mary Philbin), an organ grinder in the city’s pleasure zone.
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If Von Stroheim wasn't fired (and the film escaped the studio!) this could have been his magum opus. It's still worth watching, even if it's just for the Von Stroheim directed scenes, which, as expected, stand out from the rest of the movie.