Against the backdrop of Vienna’s hidebound caste system, aristocrat and army officer Nicki falls for lowly commoner Mitzi, knowing that it cannot last. Acquiescing to pressure from his family, he ultimately gives her up to marry the more socially acceptable — albeit crippled — heiress Cecelia. Mitzi, for her part, is heartbroken and must resign herself to marrying a churlish butcher, Schani Eberle.
Director: Erich von Stroheim.
Writers: Harry Carr, Erich von Stroheim.
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, Matthew Betz, George Fawcett, Dale Fuller, Maude George, ZaSu Pitts, Hughie Mack, Anton Vaverka, Sidney Bracey, George Nichols, Cesare Gravina.