GenreComedy, Drama ProducerCecil B. DeMille CountryUnited States
English intertitles Release dateSeptember 21, 1921 (1921-09-21) Based onAnatol
by Arthur Schnitzler WriterArthur Schnitzler (suggested by play of the same name), Jeanie Macpherson (by) CastWallace Reid (Anatol Spencer), Gloria Swanson (Vivian Spencer (Anatol's wife)), Wanda Hawley (Emilie Dixon), Theodore Roberts (Gordon Bronson), Elliott Dexter (Max Runyon), Theodore Kosloff (Mr. Nazzer Singh (Hindu hypnotist)) Similar moviesRelated Cecil B DeMille movies
The Affairs of Anatol is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson.
Socialite Anatol Spencer (Reid), finding his relationship with his wife (Swanson) lackluster, goes in search of excitement.
After bumping into old flame Emilie (Hawley), he leases an apartment for her only to find that she cheats on him. He is subsequently robbed, conned, and booted from pillar to post. He decides to return to his wife and discovers her carousing with his best friend Max (Dexter).
Wallace Reid as Anatol DeWitt Spencer
Gloria Swanson as Vivian Spencer (Anatol's wife)
Wanda Hawley as Emilie Dixon
Theodore Roberts as Gordon Bronson
Elliott Dexter as Max Runyon
Theodore Kosloff as Mr. Nazzer Singh (Hindu hypnotist)
Agnes Ayres as Annie Elliott
Monte Blue as Abner Elliott
Bebe Daniels as Satan Synne
Alma Bennett as Chorus Girl
William Boyd as Guest
Shannon Day as Chorus Girl
Julia Faye as Tibra
Elinor Glyn as Bridge Player
Winter Hall as Dr. Johnston
Raymond Hatton as Great Blatsky (Violin Teacher)
Fred Huntley as Stage Manager
Lucien Littlefield as Spencer's Valet
Zelma Maja as Nurse
Ruth Miller as Marie, Spencer's Maid
Polly Moran as Orchestra Leader
Charles Stanton Ogle as Dr. Bowles
Guy Oliver as Spencer's Butler
Lady Parker as Bridge Player
Maude Wayne as Guest
The screenplay was based on a one-act play called Anatol written by Arthur Schnitzler in 1893 and translated into English by Harley Granville-Barker. The play opened in New York City on October 14, 1912, with John Barrymore in the title role, and ran for 72 performances.
A print of the film still exists. Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version of the film in 1999 with a musical score composed and performed by Brian Benison. The film was later produced for VHS by David Shepard of FPA with a runtime of 117 minutes, and subsequently issued as a DVD.
Sam Wood apparently created Don't Tell Everything (1921), also starring Swanson, Reid, and Dexter, in part using outtakes left over from The Affairs of Anatol.