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The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 September 1921 (USA)
Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near ... See full summary »


Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)


Arthur Schnitzler (suggested by play of the same name), Jeanie Macpherson (by)




Complete credited cast:
Wallace Reid ... Anatol Spencer
Gloria Swanson ... Vivian Spencer - Anatol's Wife
Wanda Hawley ... Emilie Dixon
Theodore Roberts ... Gordon Bronson
Elliott Dexter ... Max Runyon
Theodore Kosloff ... Mr. Nazzer Singh - Hindu Hypnotist
Agnes Ayres ... Annie Elliott
Monte Blue ... Abner Elliott
Bebe Daniels ... Satan Synne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Anson Laura Anson


Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near suicide Annie only to have her rob him of his wallet. "Satan" Synne, the "wickedest woman in New York," looks promising but she's only plying her trade to help raise funds for her husband's surgery. He decides to return to his wife, with all her faults, only to find her carousing with his best friend Max. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama



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"Affairs of Anatol" is considered to be the final complete film starring Wallace Reid that is still extant. Sadly, the ten films he did complete after this one are considered to be "lost films" (as are most of the dozens of films he made prior to "Anatol"). See more »


In the flashback sequence where Emilie is on a swing and two mirrors are set up to give repeated reflections of the action, the cameraman bending over his camera is visible a few times when the swing moves out of the way. See more »


Anatol Spencer: Let me take you away from all this rotten, hypocritical crowd! Let's go to some clean, sweet place in the Country where people are honest and decent - and find ourselves again!
Vivian Spencer: I'll go with you to the country, Tony, if I can be sure there'll be milk - but no *milk-maids*!
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Alternate Versions

Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version in 1999 with a music score compiled and performed by Brian Benison. It was produced for video by David Shepard and ran 117 minutes. See more »


Featured in Hollywood: Single Beds and Double Standards (1980) See more »

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The Glo Show
11 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

An interesting document of almost one hundred years ago. Your enjoyment of this will obviously depend on whether you like silents or not. As a look way back to the beginnings of narrative film making and a fashion show of what woman wore then this has some interest. Gloria is unquestionably the star and she holds the screen with no problem. A renown clotheshorse her outfits are bizarre in the extreme to the modern eye but were the height of high fashion in their day. It's also a rare chance to see the doomed Wallace Reid in one of his few existing films. He was deep in the throes of the morphine addiction that would kill him within two years when this was made and looks shockingly old when you realize he was only 29 at the time, he appears 50 minimum.

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Release Date:

25 September 1921 (USA) See more »

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Five Kisses See more »

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(1999 alternate)

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Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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