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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 »

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Paul Bern, Lothar Schmidt (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
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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Storyline

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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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 February 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avioliiton ilveilyä See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$212,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$813,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$930,860
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Sly wit at work
5 May 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was actually Ernst Lubitsch's first film for Warner Brothers, he remade it 8 years later as the sublime One Hour With You for Paramount. It's always been difficult for me to not mentally refer to the latter whenever watching this – because it's a good film in its own right and is better not compared to the technically and technologically improved later musical version.

In Vienna city of dreams the husband of an ever-flirting wife grasps the opportunity to obtain a divorce on the grounds of her infidelity with the husband of her best friend. And the husbands' best friend fancies his wife too. Farcical situations develop, with the prevailing morals and manners always to the fore, but basically everyone gets what they deserve. Lubitsch's elegant production, the lovely décor, lightly salted frivolous story and human acting proved a big hit at the time and dare I say it, could be ultimately just as rewarding to watch as OHWY. It might have been a little better if it had only been 10 minutes shorter – some of the scenes are stultifyingly languorous, but I'm not really complaining.

Although neither version ended satisfactorily, this was still a wonderful piece of film-making, a foretaste of things to come from Lubitsch and above all else, nice entertainment.


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