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The Circle (1925)

Passed | | Drama | 22 September 1925 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

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

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
Joan Crawford ... Young Lady Catherine
Frank Braidwood Frank Braidwood ... Young Hugh Porteous
Derek Glynne Derek Glynne ... Young Clive Cheney
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dança dos Amores See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Lord Hugh "Hughie" Porteous: [to Kitty] Let's get away from here! You can't have two husbands under the same roof and keep the d - -- d thing on!
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Version of Strictly Unconventional (1930) See more »

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Like father, like son? Maybe not....
15 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very good silent film that tests out the old expression "Like father, like son".

When the film begins, Clive doesn't realize that his beloved wife, Catherine, is cheating on him. She unexpectedly runs away with Clive's best friend...leaving Clive and her young son to fend for themselves.

Thirty years pass. The son, Arnold, has married Elizabeth and while he doesn't realize it, trouble is brewing...similar to his parents. Elizabeth has invited Arnold's mother and step-father to their estate. But her reasons suck...she wants to find out how well things went for them following their affair. She has a romantic notion that the pair were deliriously happy...and she's contemplating running off with some young buckaroo herself. Fortunately, Clive is not supposed to be home during this meeting between mother and son--the first in 30 years. However, Clive DOES end up returning early and the reaction is NOT what everyone expected. He was very happy to see his wife and old friend...and harbors no bitterness! What about Arnold? Well, see the film and find out for yourself.

This is a very clever film that deals with adultery in a very grown up and realistic manner (at least in some ways). It also is very well written and acted...so if you think you'll hate silents, it's a good bet this one will keep you entertained.


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