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The Marriage Circle is a 1924 silent film produced by Ernst Lubitsch and Warner Brothers with direction by Lubitsch and distribution by the Warners. Based on the play Only a Dream by Lothar Schmidt, the screenplay was written by Paul Bern. The "circle" of the title refers to the ring of infidelities (suspected and otherwise) central to the plot.

The Marriage Circle
Theatrical poster
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Ernst Lubitsch
Written by Paul Bern (scenario)
Victor Vance (intertitles)
Based on Only a Dream
by Lothar Schmidt
Cinematography Charles Van Enger
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. (US)
  • UFA (Germany)
Release date
  • February 3, 1924 (1924-02-03) (New York)[1]
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Budget $212,000 (estimated)[citation needed]
Box office $438,000 (worldwide)[citation needed]

The film was remade in 1932 by Lubitsch and George Cukor as One Hour with You.[2]




This film is extant, preserved in a variety of formats at a number of archives. U.S. archives holding this film include the Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[3]


  1. ^ "The Marriage Circle". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  2. ^ Carl Bennett, ed. (June 24, 2009). "The Marriage Circle". Progressive Silent Film List. Retrieved 2015-10-13 – via Silent Era. 
  3. ^ David Pierce (October 8, 2015). "The Marriage Circle". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 

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