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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 »
Plot:
Misogynistic skirt chaser Don Juan falls for a convent girl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Barrymore at his swashbuckling best See more (22 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
Spain:110 min | 112 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
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 »
Quotes:
Don Juan de Marana:If her face matches her feet-God help us both!See more »
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Referenced in Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004) (V)See more »

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John Barrymore at his swashbuckling best, 26 November 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This is a good example of a silent adventure film with a talented star (John Barrymore) in a role to which he is perfectly suited. However, the primary reason it is remembered today is that this was the first feature film to use the Vitaphone system. In other words, it was the first film to have a synchronized sound track, even if all it did at the time was provide orchestral accompaniment and sound effects such as swords clashing. It's a shame that is what it is mainly remembered for, because the film is great entertainment. Barrymore not only entertains the audience with his athleticism, he gives great depth to the role of the wealthy cad who believes that woman gives man only three things - "life, disillusionment, and death" - until he meets a woman (Mary Astor) whose behavior challenges his lifelong beliefs.

Another interesting thing about this film is that two of the female stars are playing roles that seem unusual for them if you are familiar with their later work. Mary Astor, at age 20, is playing an innocent in this film. The finely chiseled features she developed as she got a little older had her playing good but hardened women or femme fatales. Myrna Loy plays the sneaky aid to Lucrezia Borgia, where she is best known as playing the heroine in her talking picture roles once she got to MGM.

The irony of this film is that by 1926 the camera work is able to help make the the sword fight and the horseback battle two very exciting sequences because the Vitaphone soundtrack was not tightly synchronized to the action on screen. Once the synchronized speech phase of sound on film began, such mobile action films as these would not be possible for awhile. Highly recommended, it's just too bad it is not available on DVD.

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