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The Marriage Circle

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Parisian doctor Monte Blue is madly in love with his wife Florence Vidor--so much so that many suspect that they aren't married at all! Vidor's best friend Marie Prevost is an incurable coquette; Marie's divorce-bound husband Adolphe Menjou hires detective Harry Myers to keep tabs on his wife. Inevitably, Prevost meets and flirts with the true-blue Blue. Meanwhile, Blue's lecherous partner Creighton Hale sets his sights on innocent Vidor. Thanks to the misunderstandings of detective Myers, both Blue and Vidor are...
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Parisian doctor Monte Blue is madly in love with his wife Florence Vidor--so much so that many suspect that they aren't married at all! Vidor's best friend Marie Prevost is an incurable coquette; Marie's divorce-bound husband Adolphe Menjou hires detective Harry Myers to keep tabs on his wife. Inevitably, Prevost meets and flirts with the true-blue Blue. Meanwhile, Blue's lecherous partner Creighton Hale sets his sights on innocent Vidor. Thanks to the misunderstandings of detective Myers, both Blue and Vidor are suspected of infidelity, but all ends well as doctor and wife are reunited and Prevost ends up with her male counterpart Hale. The first of Ernst Lubitsch's sophisticated sex farces, The Marriage Circle was reportedly Lubitsch's favorite film; he would remake it (and improve upon it tenfold) in 1932 as the sprightly musical One Hour With You, with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Both original and remake were based on Only a Dream, a play by Lothar Schmidt.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In its time, The Marriage Circle was a saucy, slightly racy sex-farce -- and something of a revelation coming from Ernst Lubitsch who, up to that time, had specialized in lush historical dramas. Seen today, it's a fascinating artifact of a by-gone era, representing at least two familiar figures in their early screen incarnations: Monte Blue in his days as a leading man and Adolphe Menjou as a jealous husband. But it also offers Florence Vidor, wife of King Vidor (and the more successful of the two at the time) and Marie Prevost in their time. And the "Lubitsch Touch," which seems to have sprung fully formed from the frames of this frothy little romantic trifle, which began a two-decade-plus string of ever-finer romantic comedies from the director. Here's the original, not just for the better-known remake One Hour With You, but also much of his work right up through Cluny Brown in 1946.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • UPC: 014381941524
  • Original Release: 1924
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Private Detective
Francis X. Bushman
Dale Fuller Neurotic patient
Esther Ralston Miss Hofer
Technical Credits
Ernst Lubitsch Director, Producer
Paul Bern Screenwriter
Susan Hall Score Composer
Esdras Hartley Production Designer
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; Another Day [8:23]
2. The Perfect Happiness of Married Life [11:25]
3. A Glimpse of His Partner's Wife [3:56]
4. The Doctor Is Out [8:37]
5. A Dinner Party [12:23]
6. Late-Night Rendezvous [7:29]
7. Playing the Fool [6:38]
8. The Facts [4:32]
9. Caught [7:14]
10. The Blame Game [8:01]
11. The Dreaded End of a Dreadful Day [6:16]
12. End Credits [:14]
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