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Director:
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 out-Fairbankses Doug Fairbanks in DON JUAN 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as The Vitaphone Corporation) (A Warner Brothers Production)
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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:
At the film's premiere, Will Hays, the then "Czar" and censor of the industry, contributed an on-screen introduction, talking in synchronized sound, greeting everyone in the audience with "Welcome to a new era of motion picture." After that, the Los Angeles Philharmonic was filmed playing "Tannhäuser", violinists Mischa Elman and Efrem Zimbalist Sr., guitarist Roy Smeck, three opera shorts with Giovanni Martinelli Marion Talley and Anna Case, and then the feature. It was a huge success.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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
John Barrymore out-Fairbankses Doug Fairbanks in DON JUAN, 20 April 2006
Author: rfells@icfa.org from Fairfax, Virginia

I appreciate the comments made so far on this film but most seem to judge this film in a vacuum and without any background on the silent film genre, a medium quite different from sound films. One commenter even criticized the film for being in black & white. Come now, that's rather silly.

DON JUAN belongs to the great tradition of silent film swashbucklers during the 1920s of which Douglas Fairbanks was the King (and who self-financed his films). Beginning in 1920, Fairbanks effectively switched gears from his modern dress satires of American foibles he made during 1916 to 1919, to literally recreating his boyhood daydreams of being an action hero of Days of Old. The public responded enthusiastically and Doug made a fortune. But his films reaffirmed a kind of rigid moral system and both his character and the heroine were invariably chaste. Clearly, other film makers who were a bit more daring sensed an opportunity to go further than Fairbanks had been willing to go and Warner Bros. struck while the iron was hot in 1926 with DON JUAN.

Compared to the Fairbanks films such as Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), Thief of Bagdad (1924), and Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925), which are to this day excellent films, DON JUAN seemed like a revelation with its sexually overt protagonist and equally overt female characters (when Lucretia Borgia first sees Don Juan, a close up shows her clearly eyeing his crotch!). In addition, John Barrymore (aided occasionally by a stunt double) provided a sufficient number of athletic stunts that would satisfy most Fairbanks fans. DON JUAN was and remains a most exhilarating film with a unique conclusion that combines a chain reaction of swashbuckling events.

I must take exception to the most recent commenter's claim that actor Willard Louis, who played Juan's servant Pedrillo, died mid-point in filming. Poor Mr. Louis indeed perished from typhoid fever but either after filming had been completed or at least after his work was completed. He appears throughout the film and his presence during the film's final moments would have been unnecessary. However, if the previous reviewer wanted to question Joseph Swickard's disappearance from the film (he played Mary Astor's father), I would agree that his sudden departure from the story was strange. However, Mr. Swickard lived and appeared in films for many more years so perhaps in DON JUAN he was merely the victim of the film editor who needed to tighten up the story. At any rate, it is a great film and the original Vitaphone music score interprets the action so well that all the young composers who are hired by Turner Classic Movies to provide new scores to silent films ought to be required to see - and hear - DON JUAN to fully comprehend the relationship between silent film and its musical accompaniment.

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