The Wife of the Centaur

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The Wife of the Centaur
Wife of the Centaur (SAYRE 14348).jpg
Still with John Gilbert and Aileen Pringle
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byDouglas Z. Doty
Cyril Hume
StarringEleanor Boardman
CinematographyJohn Arnold
Edited byHugh Wynn
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • December 1, 1924 (1924-12-01)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

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.[1]


A novelist, Jeffery Dwyer (Gilbert), imagines that he has been reincarnated as a creature from Greek mythology. He is romantically torn between the emotionally mature Joan (Boardman) and a less stable “jazz girl” Inez (Pringle). Jeffery marries Inez, but a love triangle forms when he returns repeatedly to Joan.[2]



With no copies of The Wife of the Centaur (1924) located in any film archives,[3][4] it is a lost film. A few seconds of Boardman from this film (from around 3:07 to 3:10) is included in Twenty Years After (1944), a promotional short made by MGM to celebrate its 20th anniversary.


  1. ^ "Cub Reporter Gets $25,000 For Movie Rights To Novel". The Sun (Baltimore). November 23, 1923. Dateline "New York, Nov. 22 (Special)".   "Movie Facts and Fancies". Boston Daily Globe. December 1, 1923, page 2.
  2. ^ Durgnat and Simmon 1988 p. 342
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Wife of the Centaur". Silent Era. Retrieved March 26, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The Wife of the Centaur". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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