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The Marriage Circle (1924)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 February 1924 (USA)
Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had... See full summary »

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Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Paul Bern, Lothar Schmidt (play)
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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
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Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had his eye on Charlotte, sees this as his opportunity, even though the Braun's are very happily married. Through a misunderstanding, Charlotte thinks that her husband is interested in Miss Hofer, and asks Mizzi to keep him occupied. Meanwhile Professor Stock becomes suspicious of his wife, and hires a detective to spy on her with the hope of obtaining a divorce. Written by Will Gilbert

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Motion Picture Magazine (Februari-July 1924): 'In making the kissing scene in "The Marriage Circle," where the dutiful wife smacks another man other than her husband by mistake, Herr Lubitsch made Florence Vidor and Creighton Hale repeat the event exactly thirty-nine times before the kiss was right. Florence is a very lovely lady, but... well, thirty-nine times!' See more »

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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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Movie Odyssey Review #007: Marriage Circle
23 July 2006 | by CykeSee all my reviews

007: Marriage Circle (1924) - released 2/10/1924, viewed 7/27/05.

Vladimir Lenin dies and Joseph Stalin begins his bid for leadership of Soviet Russia. The 1924 Winter Olympics commence in Chamonix, France. Petrograd is renamed Leningrad. The U.N. recognizes the Soviet Union. Mohandes Gandhi is released from prison on medical grounds. The gas chamber used for the first time in an execution in Nevada.

BIRTHS: Sabu Dastagir. DEATHS: Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson.

KEVIN: We now come to a more unusual entry, a silent sex comedy from a soon-to-be-renowned German filmmaker. I didn't know what to expect from Ernst Lubitsch's Marriage Circle. As it turned out, I enjoyed it very much. Each scene seemed funnier and more engaging than the last. I loved the characters, and I was intrigued by the way the film was performed. Although it was probably done often, it seems like it'd be difficult to adapt a stage play, full of spoken dialogue, to the silent screen. But this one does it wonderfully. The actors all do an excellent job of expressing every emotion and nearly every word without us being able to hear them at all, and with very few title cards necessary. We've got plenty more Lubitsch films further along in the sound era, and I'm looking forward to watching them all.

DOUG: I must be honest, I didn't think a comedy like this could possibly work as a silent film. There's not a lot of action happening like with Keaton or Chaplin. There are plenty of characters interacting and bickering. I had suspected that this started out as a play before making the leap to film, and this at a time when film and stage were even more different than they are now. With the dialogue cards only revealing the most essential lines, the actors have to absolutely sell it. And they do. It took me a little while to figure out exactly who was who and what everyone was doing, but once I got it, the movie was a lot of fun. There are a lot of good twists and turns that manage to work despite the lack of sound; When Charlotte suspects her husband Franz is having an affair, she enlists her best friend Mizzi to watch him at a party, unaware that it is in fact Mizzi that Franz is having the affair with. We had a lot of fun filling in the dialogue ourselves, and it is never hard to understand what the characters are thinking.

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10 February 1924 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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$212,000 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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