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The Circle (1925)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 22 September 1925 (USA)
An unhappy woman considers leaving her dull husband for another man.


Frank Borzage


Kenneth B. Clarke (adaptation), W. Somerset Maugham (play)




Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Boardman ... Elizabeth Cheney
Malcolm McGregor ... Edward 'Teddy' Luton
Alec B. Francis ... Lord Clive Cheney
Eugenie Besserer ... Lady Catherine 'Kitty' Cheney
George Fawcett ... Lord Hugh 'Hughie' Porteous
Creighton Hale ... Arnold Cheney
Otto Hoffman ... Dorker
Eulalie Jensen ... Mrs. Alice Shenstone
Buddy Smith Buddy Smith ... Young Arnold Cheney
Joan Crawford ... Young Lady Catherine
Frank Braidwood Frank Braidwood ... Young Hugh Porteous
Derek Glynne Derek Glynne ... Young Clive Cheney


Elizabeth Cheney has a wealthy husband, social prominence and everything she could want in life . . . except Ted Lutton, the man she loves. Now, she must decide whether to give up everything and everyone to follow her heart in The Circle. At a time when divorce means a lifetime of banishment from family, friends and society--foregoing a life of ease for a life of hardship--Lady Elizabeth (Eleanor Boardman) wants to leave her husband, Arnold (Creighton Hale), for their friend Ted Lutton (Malcolm McGregor). To help convince herself to stay with her husband, she invites Arnold's mother, Lady Catherine (Eugenie Besserer), who left Arnold's father for Lord Porteous (George Fawcett). Everything that Elizabeth sees confirms her belief that she should forgo love and stay with her husband . . . until she witnesses the true love still shared by this couple living in social exile.

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W. Somerset Maugham has turned the searchlight of truth on the greatest problem in the world! (Print Ad- Yonkers Statesman,((Yonkers, NY)) 16 October 1925) See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Notable as the first film to feature Joan Crawford billed under her newly-christened screen name, selected from the winning entry in a Photoplay magazine contest. See more »


Lord Clive Cheney: Tell me... why did Arnold look exactly like a dose of castor oil when I walked in? Out with it! Everyone is flustered and embarrassed! What's up? Am I boney?
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Version of Strictly Unconventional (1930) See more »

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Astute Comedy of Manners
14 August 2018 | by bupdaddySee all my reviews

The Circle deserves more than the 6.7 star average it currently has on IMDB. Somerset Maughm has an astute handle on dysfunctional relationships and the cyclical nature of family patterns.

Although the ending is stilted and artificial to the modern audience, the quality of the lighting, camera work, and preservation itself makes this worth a watch. One could easily believe this was a recently made film intentionally made to look like a 1920's silent so it gives us a good chance to see what the real theater goer of that era could have enjoyed.

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