20 user 3 critic

The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 September 1921 (USA)
Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation than 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 suicidal Annie only to have her rob him.


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He couldn't resist a pretty face, and every day he fell into a new adventure. Thus he followed the lure of romance until-? (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 26 September 1921)


Comedy | Drama



Did You Know?


"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*!
See more »

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 Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006) See more »

User Reviews

Tempted by the Fruit of Another
30 September 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Wallace Reid (as Anatol Spencer) is a wealthy newlywed who is oddly attracted to various women other than his wife - specifically: Wanda Hawley (as Emilie), Agnes Ayres (as Annie), and Bebe Daniels (as Satan Synne!). Gloria Swanson (as Vivian) is the wife who seems to develop a roving eye of her own as the running time progresses. BUT, are "The Affairs of Anatol" really affairs, or just a series of titillating temptations?

DeMille's work with mirrors is on display, with the director inserting a skeleton image of Mr. Reid in one scene. Reid was a very big star when this film was released (one of the most popular actors in the world); and, though this isn't really representative, it's nice to see him. Of the leading ladies, I enjoyed Ms. Ayres over the others, because her simple scenes with Monte Blue seem so ORDINARY when contrasted with the rest of the goings-on.

DeMille's unlikely mix of titillation, religiosity, and heavy-handed message is obviously in full flower. While there are no performances for the ages, the scenes with Swanson being hypnotized by Theodore Kosloff are fun. Elliott Dexter (as Max Runyon) is the film's best supporting actor; keep a sharp eye on his closing scenes as he'll reveal, through his performance, the affair you might not have been expecting…

****** The Affairs of Anatol (9/25/21) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Elliott Dexter

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

25 September 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Kisses See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(1999 alternate)

Sound Mix:



Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed