Starring Eleanor Boardman, Malcolm McGregor, Alec B. Francis, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer and Creighton Hale
January 1926

It all matters here whether you saw Somerset Maugham's brilliant comedy of matrimony and manners upon the stage. If you did, you are certain to be disappointed in the screen version, robbed, as it naturally is, of its scintillating dialog.

Maugham writes more for the ear than the eye, yet Frank Borzage has overcome the obstacles fairly well - and for half its length, or say three-quarters, he has spun it out with some delicious comedy.

The fault here rests with the inexorable demand to create an artificial happy ending. Just as a wedding ceremony cropped up to spoil "Without Benefit of Clergy," so we find another parallel here.

Yet the film has its delightful moments, thanks to the cameo performances of George Fawcett and Alec Francis, the carefully dovetailed scene, the first-rate mounting - and the subtitles.

For more information, see "The Circle" as our "Feature of the Month"

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