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Writer:
Bess Meredyth (screen play)
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Release Date:
19 February 1927 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Scientific Marvel VITAPHONE Presentation FAMED OPERATIC AND MUSICAL ARTISTS...and JOHN BARRYMORE in "DON JUAN" (original poster) See more »
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Misogynistic skirt chaser Don Juan falls for a convent girl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fine silent in it's ownright See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Winton ... Donna Isobel
John Roche ... Leandro

Warner Oland ... Cesare Borgia

Estelle Taylor ... Lucrezia Borgia
Montagu Love ... Count Giano Donati (as Montague Love)
Josef Swickard ... Duke Della Varnese (as Joseph Swickard)
Willard Louis ... Pedrillo
Nigel De Brulier ... Marchese Rinaldo

Hedda Hopper ... Marchesia Rinaldo

Myrna Loy ... Mai - Lady in Waiting

Mary Astor ... Adriana della Varnese

John Barrymore ... Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Braham ... Duke Margoni (uncredited)

Helene Costello ... Rena - Adriana's Maid (uncredited)
Helena D'Algy ... Donna Elvira (uncredited)
Yvonne Day ... Don Juan at age 5 (uncredited)

Philippe De Lacy ... Don Juan at age 10 (uncredited)
Emily Fitzroy ... The Dowager (uncredited)
John George ... Hunchback (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Gentleman of Rome (uncredited)

Phyllis Haver ... Imperia (uncredited)
Sheldon Lewis ... Gentleman of Rome (uncredited)

June Marlowe ... Trusia (uncredited)
Dick Sutherland ... Gentleman of Rome (uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Neri - the Alchemist (uncredited)
Helen Lee Worthing ... Eleanora (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Crosland 
 
Writing credits
Bess Meredyth (screen play)

Walter Anthony  titles (uncredited)
Lord Byron  poem (uncredited)
Maude Fulton  titles (uncredited)

Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
David Mendoza (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Byron Haskin (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Harold McCord (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ben Carré (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Victor Vance .... art titles (uncredited)
A.C. Wilson .... master of properties (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gerald W. Alexander .... sound (uncredited)
George Groves .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Duke Green .... stunt double: John Barrymore (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Kesson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Melbourne Spurr .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... music arranger (uncredited)
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Bowes .... music arranger (uncredited)
Henry Hadley .... conductor (uncredited)
David Mendoza .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marion Morgan .... choreographer (uncredited)
F.N. Murphy .... electrical effects (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
Spain:110 min | 112 min (Turner library print)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Don Juan plants 191 kisses on various females during the course of the film, an average of one every 53 seconds.See more »
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Anachronisms: This story is set during the reign of HH Alexander VI (1492-1503); however, it features very prominently the present day Basilica of Saint Peter, whose building started during the reign of HH Julius II (1503-1513), and which was not finished until the 17th century.See more »
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Don Juan de Marana:If her face matches her feet-God help us both!See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Fine silent in it's ownright, 5 April 2006
Author: zpzjones from East Coast, U.S.A.

There's been a lot written about Don Juan in film books about the beginning of pre-recorded sound. First off to respond to an earlier poster who wanted to know how the soundtrack was recorded. It was recorded by the New York Philharmonic w/100 piece orchestra in a non-soundproof theater in New York. This theater unfortunately was situated near an overland subway track and vibration from passing subway trains just could not be tolerated. So the recording was done in the middle of the night when no trains were running. It was that simple.

It's amazing that this film not only survives intact but with it's actual pre-recorded scored track, the way 1926 audiences saw & heard it. No new score or modern re-recording of the original. This track is sort of an original sound film heirloom and we're lucky to have it today for posterity's sake. This is the way silent films should be seen music wise anyway. This was the original intention of pre-recorded sound to present to audiences, full orchestral music where they weren't able to listen to it. If you can forgive the primitive process of Vitaphone and appreciate the marvelous sync score for what it is, you can enjoy this sumptuous picture immensely. The 100 piece orchestra really makes it's presence felt. I'm sure the actual score could be re-recorded with modern technology and would be beautiful.

John Barrymore follows in the swashbuckling tradition of his then film contemporaries, Douglas Fairbanks & Rudolph Valentino. It's a great legendary figure for the Great Profile to play, and he and the cast seem to have the time of their lives acting through their scenes. Without giving spoiler away, I think the man sealed in the wall is one of the best scenes in the pic.

A curious thing about Don Juan's production. Warner Brothers then a fledgling newbie studio had just signed Barrymore to a three picture deal and wanted to get Don Juan into production as soon as possible after their winning success with Barrymore in Beau Brummel(1924). However Barrymore, who had some serious clout at the time, wanted to film what would become a bastardized though picturesque version of Moby Dick called The Sea Beast(1926). Thus Don Juan's production schedule got pushed back in order for the Sea Beast to come first. Fortunately for sound film history & Don Juan, this gave the four Warner Brothers time enough to experiment and increase their interest in Vitaphone. The idea then came up to release one of the new feature pictures with an orchestral score in the new Vitaphone process. Don Juan happened to be completed and ready for release in mid-1926 and it was chosen for Vitaphone. One tends to wonder if Sea Beast had been made after Don Juan, that it would have been the one chosen for Vitaphone and we might be listening to a totally different score. It really came down to what film was being released at the time the decision was made to go with Vitaphone.

Alan Crosland proved a very intuitive & inventive director and formed a great professional working relationship with the irrascible Barrymore. Under Crosland's direction Don Juan moves swiftly and is cut, photographed & edited to form a wonderful finished product. Director & Star made three or four long films together and Don Juan is Crosland's prelude to his better remembered though inferior Jazz Singer(1927). Don Juan is quite possibly Crosland's silent masterpiece IMHO.

The only inconsistency in the film is that Pedrillo, Don Juan's trusted assistant, disappears halfway through the film with no explanation. This because actor Willard Louis, who played Pedrillo, dropped dead before the production was finished. But enough of his scenes were completed to include him in the first half of the movie with continuity and without a stand in.

It was great of Turner to release this movie on video in the early 90s but with the recent release of Greed(1923) on DVD, it would be nice if a DVD of Don Juan could be fixed up with some bonus material explaining the making of as well as the historical significance of the movie. Such a film as this deserves that

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