Circe, the Enchantress

Circe, the Enchantress is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The film starred Leonard's then-wife Mae Murray. This was their last collaboration, and they divorced soon after.[1] Considered to be a lost film for decades, a print of Circe, the Enchantress was found at a foreign archive.[2][3]

Circe, the Enchantress
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Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Written byVicente Blasco Ibáñez
Douglas Doty (adaptation)
Fanny Hatton (titles)
Frederic Hatton (titles)
StarringMae Murray
James Kirkwood, Sr.
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • October 6, 1924 (1924-10-06)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States
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Cecilie Brunner (Murray) was once a good natured woman. After the death of her mother, she becomes a cynical vamp. She falls in love with surgeon Peter Van Martyn (James Kirkwood, Sr.). Peter makes clear he does not approve her life style. This results in Cecilie even partying more. She ends up gambling her home away.

Realizing her life style isn't appropriate, Cecilie changes back into a sweet woman. However, she is paralyzed after being hit by a car, while saving a child. It is Peter who heals her.[4]



  1. Ankerich, Michael G. (2012). Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips. University Press of Kentucky. p. 135. ISBN 0-813-14038-2.
  2. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 688. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Circe, the Enchantress
  4. New York Times Overview (Plot)

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