The Marriage Circle

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 byErnst Lubitsch
Produced byErnst Lubitsch
Written byPaul Bern (scenario)
Victor Vance (intertitles)
Based onOnly a Dream
by Lothar Schmidt
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. (US)
  • UFA (Germany)
Release date
  • February 3, 1924 (1924-02-03) (New York)[1]
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Box office$427,000 (worldwide rentals)[2]

The film was remade in 1932 by Lubitsch and George Cukor as One Hour with You.[3]


Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $373,000 domestically and $54,000 foreign.[4]


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.[5]


  1. "The Marriage Circle". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  2. Glancy, H Mark (1995). "Warner Bros Film Grosses, 1921–51: the William Schaefer ledger". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 15.
  3. Carl Bennett, ed. (June 24, 2009). "The Marriage Circle". Progressive Silent Film List. Retrieved 2015-10-13 via Silent Era.
  4. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 2 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  5. 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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