Based on the novel The Happy Alienist by Wallace Smith, which was suggested by a story related to Smith by Erich von Stroheim.
Professor Johann Volk, a Viennese psychiatrist, loves Marie, the impoverished Baroness von Schlewitz. She, in turn, loves Baron Kuno Adelhorst, Johann marries Marie, and she learns to love him. But an evil-minded assistant turns him against his wife by insisting that she's being unfaithful to him. After drinking heavily, Johann shoots what he thinks is his wife but is in reality a dummy. Johann and Marie declare their love for another.
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