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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:
In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(11 articles)
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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)
Marion Morgan Dancers ... Bacchanalian Revelers (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


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  • 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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Although this was the first feature film with a Vitaphone soundtrack (therefore being the first film with a completely synchronized soundtrack), it is by no means the first sound film. The first sound film can be dated back to 1895; the process was re-discovered and improved by a French company (using a gramophone) in 1910. In 1913 Thomas A. Edison announced that all the problems of sound films were solved, and showed what he called "the first sound film." As in the earlier efforts, Nursery Favorites (1913) had a gramophone that appeared to synchronize with the film. There was one problem: the film was projected at the wrong speed, and the soundtrack was slowed down inadvertently. This problem happened all too often, and a frustrated Edison abandoned his process. In 1921 D.W. Griffith employed various experts to film a sound introduction for his film Dream Street (1921), which still exists, and the performance went off without a hitch. Griffith soon stopped using sound because he thought it was financial suicide, stating, "Only 5% of the world speaks English, so why should I lose 95% of my audience?" However, by 1925 sound had arrived in the form of radio, and it was inevitable that film would follow. Movie studios tried various innovations to keep audiences coming (Technicolor, wide screen, etc.). Warner Brothers, then a lesser film company, bought the old Brooklyn-based Vitagraph Studios and its all-important network of 34 film exchanges (the film distribution network vital to each studio) in 1925 and laid out plans to become a dominant force in the film industry. Sam Warner, one of the four Warner brothers, felt the future was in sound and convinced his skeptical older brother Harry M. Warner (the money man) to throw their lot in with Western Electric's 16" disc-based recording system, forming the Vitaphone Corp. on April 20, 1926, as 70% stockholders. Oddly, Sam never envisioned the system for voice synchronization; rather, he saw it as an economical way to add the dimension of musical accompaniment. The Vitaphone process solved the synchronization problem electromechanically, corresponding the projection speed with the recorded disc by utilizing the same motor for both devices. While cumbersome in both recording (editing was impossible) and playback (discs were fragile), Vitaphone represented the peak of technological innovation, albeit briefly. This film, the first Warner Bros. feature to utilize the Vitaphone process, debuted in a gala premiere on August 6, 1926, and while it was a hit, it signaled an industry format war unrivaled until the 1980s Beta-vs.-VHS battle. Warner's The Jazz Singer (1927) would become a monster hit 13 months later, solidly proving the public's interest in sound. However, there were several sound systems then in development and none were interchangeable; the major studios like MGM and Paramount adopted a wait-and-see attitude that persisted well into 1929. The most practical, Fox's Movietone (sound on film) system, eventually won out and Warners abandoned recorded discs in 1930 but kept the Vitaphone trademark before the public well into the 1940s.See more »
Goofs:
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:To your devastating charm! Let your lips perfume the wine.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Historically relevant popcorn movie, 9 March 2014
Author: MissSimonetta from United States

This is a fun film. It has a charismatic lead in John Barrymore, a deliciously evil villains in Estelle Taylor and Montagu Love, and a beautiful young Mary Astor as the ingénue who cures Don Juan of his skirt chasing ways. There's lots of ardent love scenes and swashbuckling action a la Douglas Fairbanks.

The sets and costumes are strange, a bizarre mix of 16th century fashion and art deco. The women sport kiss curls and cupid bow mouths. Modern viewers unused to a thing known as historical context will no doubt laugh at the heavily made up men (especially Don Juan's sidekick; he seems to be wearing more lipstick than Estelle Taylor.) All in all, a good time for silent film fans.

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