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10 February 1924 (USA) See more »
Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Florence Vidor ... Charlotte Braun

Monte Blue ... Dr. Franz Braun

Marie Prevost ... Mizzi Stock

Creighton Hale ... Dr. Gustav Mueller

Adolphe Menjou ... Prof. Josef Stock

Harry Myers ... Detective

Dale Fuller ... Neurotic Patient

Esther Ralston ... Miss Hofer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan George ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Bern 
Lothar Schmidt  play "Nur ein Traum/Only a Dream"

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger 
Henry Sharp (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Lewis Geib 
Esdras Hartley 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Blanke .... assistant director
James Flood .... assistant director
Art Department
Victor Vance .... art titles
Camera and Electrical Department
F.N. Murphy .... light effects

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85 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Warner Baxter was originally cast in the role of Dr. Braun. After eight days of shooting, director Ernst Lubitsch turned to his assistant Henry Blanke and said: "He looks like a detective." Baxter was replaced by Monte Blue.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On the letter that Dr. Braun writes asking Mizzi to choose another doctor, the printed address on Dr. Braun's stationery misspells Vienna as "Wein"; it is correctly printed as "Wien" as a return address on the envelope of the same letter.See more »


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Clever Marriage Circle well rounded., 31 March 2017
Author: st-shot from United States

Professor Stock (Adolph Menjou) and wife Mizzi (Marie Provost) have reached an impasse in their marriage and he wants out. Mizzi's best friend Charlotte ( Florence Vidor ) is blissfully married to Dr. Charles Braun (Monte Blue). His partner Dr. Mueller (Creighton Hale) has designs on Charlotte who has no interest. When Mizzi sets her sights on Dr. Braun suspicions, stoked by misinterpretation and the diabolical Mizzi arise and accusations fly.

The Marriage Circle is an excellent comedy of errors from the Silent Era featuring the wit and sophistication of Ernst Lubitsch that would go on to brilliantly inform some of the finest adult comedies before and after sound and code enforcement. Here he breezily unfolds his story with a benign amorality and suspense as his quintet of characters all share a little guilt and selfishness.

Vidor is a beauty and paragon of virtue to behold but capable of being petty. Blue and Hale comically pine and mope while Menjou is pure dinner at eight collected. Acting honors however belong to Provost's Mizzi whose side glances and brashness haul the rest of the characters into the circle.

The Marriage Circle is an outstanding example of silent film comedy and in large contrast to the slapstick that still dominated. Doors are closed, not slammed or run through, the humor is sly not pie in the face. Lubitsch conveys it beautifully here as he would into sound as well as influence a generation of filmmakers.

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