The Circle (1925 film)

The Circle is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Frank Borzage. The film stars Eleanor Boardman, Malcolm McGregor, and Alec B. Francis. A young Joan Crawford appears early in the film but only in a limited role.[1] The screenplay, written by Kenneth B. Clarke, was based on the 1921 play of the same title by British writer W. Somerset Maugham. The film survives today in excellent condition.[2][3] The play was filmed again by MGM in an early sound (released also in silent) in 1930 as Strictly Unconventional.

The Circle
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Directed byFrank Borzage
Written byKenneth B. Clarke
Based onThe Circle
by W. Somerset Maugham
StarringEleanor Boardman
Malcolm McGregor
Alec B. Francis
Eugenie Besserer
Joan Crawford
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
September 22, 1925 (1925-09-22)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The film's sets were designed by the art director James Basevi.


In the 1890s, young Lady Catherine (Joan Crawford) decides to leave her husband (and her son Arnold) in favor of her lover ("Hughie" Porteous). Thirty years later, young Elizabeth (Eleanor Boardman) is facing the same choice between her husband (the now grown Arnold, played by Creighton Hale) and lover (Malcolm McGregor). In the meantime, Arnold's mother Lady Catherine and lover Lord Porteous are coming to visit.



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