Circe, the Enchantress

Circe, the Enchantress
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Written by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Douglas Doty (adaptation)
Fanny Hatton (titles)
Frederic Hatton (titles)
Starring Mae Murray
James Kirkwood, Sr.
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn
Release dates
  • October 6, 1924 (1924-10-06)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Circe, the Enchantress was a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The film starred Leonard's then-wife Mae Murray. This was their last collaboration, and they divorced soon after.[1] The film is now considered lost.[2]


Cecilie Brunner (Murray) was once a good natured woman. After the death of her mother, she becomes a cynical vamp. She falls in love with surgeon Peter Van Martyn (James Kirkwood, Sr.). Peter makes clear he does not approve her life style. This results in Cecilie even partying more. She ends up gambling her home away.

Realizing her life style isn't appropriate, Cecilie changes back into a sweet woman. However, she is paralyzed after being hit by a car, while saving a child. It is Peter who heals her.[3]



  1. Ankerich, Michael G. (2012). Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips. University Press of Kentucky. p. 135. ISBN 0-813-14038-2.
  2. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 688. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
  3. New York Times Overview (Plot)

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