Circe the Enchantress (1924)

Drama | 6 October 1924

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writer:

Douglas Doty

Cinematographer:

Oliver T. Marsh

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Tiffany Productions
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HISTORY

According to the 19 Oct 1924 LAT, Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez wrote Circe the Enchantress specially for star Mae Murray, marking the first time the best-selling Spanish novelist—whose The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1916) was produced as a motion picture in 1921 (see entry)—developed a project directly for the screen. A 23 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Reivew item suggested that the picture underwent several title changes following the completion of production.
       The 17 Oct 1924 LAT announced that the West Coast premiere was scheduled to take place the following evening at the California Theatre in Los Angeles, ... More Less

According to the 19 Oct 1924 LAT, Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez wrote Circe the Enchantress specially for star Mae Murray, marking the first time the best-selling Spanish novelist—whose The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1916) was produced as a motion picture in 1921 (see entry)—developed a project directly for the screen. A 23 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Reivew item suggested that the picture underwent several title changes following the completion of production.
       The 17 Oct 1924 LAT announced that the West Coast premiere was scheduled to take place the following evening at the California Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Aug 1924
p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
17 Oct 1924
Section A, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
19 Oct 1924
Section C, p. 24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Circe, The Enchantress
Release Date:
6 October 1924
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 18 October 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Tiffany Productions
Copyright Date:
1 October 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20687
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,882
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Circe, enchantress of ancient times, turned men into swine by magic. The modern Circe, Cecilie Brunne, accomplishes similar results by liquor. ... Cecilie, disillusioned at 18 after she leaves a convent school in New Orleans, swears that all men will pay for what she has lost. Untouched by the desire she arouses, she torments her victims and levies tribute. Only one man, Dr. Van Martyn, withstands her charms. Piqued at first, she at last becomes desperate, finds life impossible without his love, and gives a wild party at her Long Island villa. At the height of a drunken, gambling, dancing orgy, Cecilie realizes she cannot go on with this life, and she retires to the New Orleans convent. One day she is run over while saving the life of a child, and it is feared that she will never walk again. When the test comes, Dr. Van Martyn walks into the room, and Cecilie stumbles her way to his ... +


Circe, enchantress of ancient times, turned men into swine by magic. The modern Circe, Cecilie Brunne, accomplishes similar results by liquor. ... Cecilie, disillusioned at 18 after she leaves a convent school in New Orleans, swears that all men will pay for what she has lost. Untouched by the desire she arouses, she torments her victims and levies tribute. Only one man, Dr. Van Martyn, withstands her charms. Piqued at first, she at last becomes desperate, finds life impossible without his love, and gives a wild party at her Long Island villa. At the height of a drunken, gambling, dancing orgy, Cecilie realizes she cannot go on with this life, and she retires to the New Orleans convent. One day she is run over while saving the life of a child, and it is feared that she will never walk again. When the test comes, Dr. Van Martyn walks into the room, and Cecilie stumbles her way to his arms. +

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