aka Variety
~Plot Synopsis~
When American audiences were permitted to see German filmmaker E.A. Dupont's silent
masterpiece Variety, it was the story of a carnival concessionaire (Emil Jannings), his alluring wife
(Lya de Putti), and the handsome acrobat (Warwick Ward) who comes between them. Feeling
doubly impotent because he himself had been a famous aerialist before suffering a crippling
accident, Jannings fantasizes about killing his rival -- and, finally, does so. After serving a long
prison term, Jannings is released by a compassionate warden, who feels as though the poor cuckold
has suffered enough. This, again, is what Americans saw. In the original European version of
Variety, which ran nearly twice as long as the U.S. print, Jannings deserts his wife (Maly Delschaft)
when de Putti enters the scene. Moreover, he never marries de Putti, meaning that his only hold
over her when Ward steals her away is an emotional one. Dupont had fashioned an ironic tale of a
man suffering betrayal after having himself betrayed. The American censors wouldn't swallow that,
nor would they pass the charming domestic scene wherein Jannings helps de Putti disrobe, unless
the prologue involving Delschaft was chopped out and de Putti was transformed from mistress to
wife. Though this sort of bowdlerization might seem like an artistic outrage, the American version
of Variety is in fact superior to the original, especially in terms of pace; what seemed interminable
in the German version zips along at an entertaining clip in the revised print.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson from Allmovie.com
Directed & Written by: Ewald André Dupont    

Based on the novel "Der Eid des Stephan Huller" by Felix Hollaender

Emil Jannings ...  Boss Huller
Maly Delschaft ...  The wife of Boss
Lya De Putti ...  Bertha
Warwick Ward ...  Artinelli
Alice Hechy   
Georg John ...  Sailor
Kurt Gerron ...  Harbourworker
Paul Rehkopf ...  Spectator at the Fair
Charles Lincoln ...  Actor
Georg Baselt   
Trude Hesterberg   
Werner Krauss   
Alex Hyde and his Original New York Jazz Orchestra ...  Himself
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Universum Film (UFA)

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: Erich Pommer   
Original Music by: Erno Rapee    
Cinematography by: Karl Freund & Carl Hoffmann    
Art Direction by: Alfred Junge & Oscar Friedrich Werndorff    
Special Effects by: Ernst Kunstmann  
Trick Photography by: Eugen Schüfftan

Runtime: 72 Minutes
Released: November 16, 1925 (Germany)