The Wife of the Centaur

The Wife of the Centaur

The Wife of the Centaur is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shortly after it formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Mayer Pictures in April 1924. Metro had acquired the movie rights to Cyril Hume's debut novel Wife of a Centaur (Doran, 1923) in November. A novelist imagines that he has been reincarnated as a creature from Greek mythology and becomes entangled in a love triangle.


As described in a review in a film magazine, author and poet Jeffrey Dwyer (Gilbert) has a conflicted nature, at times he has high ideals but he also feels strongly the appeal of the purely sensual. He is strongly attracted to Joan Converse (Boardman), who drops her flapper nature when she falls in love with him, but he neglects her when he meets the flashing, dashing Inez Martin (Pringle), a worldly woman with strong sex appeal. Inez finally throws him over and marries Harry Todd (McCullough), but the marriage is a failure. Jeffrey, returning to his senses after a period of debauchery and wild jazz parties, marries Joan. They go to a lodge in the mountains and are happy until Inez, seeking to win him, takes a house nearby. For months he fights the infatuation, but one night writes a letter to Joan and goes to Inez. However, his better nature makes him realize himself as he really is, and he returns to Joan, who understands and forgives him.

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    director King Vidor
    editor Hugh Wynn
    genre drama
    keywords flash one night
    publisher Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer