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The Affairs of Anatol

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Director  Cecil B. DeMille
Story by  Arthur Schnitzler
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Producer  Cecil B. DeMille
Country  United States
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Language  Silent English intertitles
Release date  September 21, 1921 (1921-09-21)
Based on  Anatol  by Arthur Schnitzler
Writer  Arthur Schnitzler (suggested by play of the same name), Jeanie Macpherson (by)
Cast  Wallace 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 movies  Related 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.


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Socialite Anatol Spencer (Reid), finding his relationship with his wife (Swanson) lackluster, goes in search of excitement.

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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).


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  • 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
  • Uncredited

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  • 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
  • Background

    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.

    Preservation status

    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.


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