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The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 November 1934 (USA)
What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
Bruce Winston ...
Manager of The Black Cat
Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery
Pepita, Another Dancer of Equal Temperament
Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple
Antonio Martinez, an Actor as Actors Go
Anna Dora, an Actress as Actresses Go
Diana Napier ...
A Lady of Sentiment
Joan Gardner ...
Carmen, a Young Lady of Romance
Don Alfredo, Carmen's Poor Husband
Barry MacKay ...
Rodrigo, the Impostor, a Man of Romance (as Barry Mackay)
The Duke, as Dukes Go (as Claude Allister)
Athene Seyler ...
Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment


What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to see her; he fears the life of a husband. She has bought his debts and will remand him to jail for two years if he won't come to her. Meanwhile, an impostor is climbing the balconies of Seville claiming to be Don Juan. When a jealous husband kills him, the real Don Juan sees a way to avoid jail and get some peace. He hides as Captain Mariano in a small town. After six months, he's ready to return to society: can he measure up to the legend, will women find him attractive, and what about Doña Dolores? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

30 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vida privada de Don Juan  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Douglas Fairbanks' final film. See more »


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When the legend becomes fact... retire.
30 August 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Don Juan, the great lover, is now middle-aged and finds he no longer has the same appeal with the ladies. Meanwhile a young impostor keeps the Don Juan legend alive by kissing women all over town. When trying to make a comeback, the real Don Juan can't live up to his own legend.

This is a very funny movie and an interesting take on the Don Juan character. We see him forced to adhere to a strict diet, as his good looks are "his only asset", and balcony-climbing has become a chore. It's a tale about aging and clutching to one's youth.

The cast is great for this witty Alexander Korda film. Young Merle Oberon is very beautiful as a dancer whose celebrity profits from being kissed by the great Don Juan. Benita Hume is lovely as the one woman who understands Don Juan - his wife. And it's a rare treat to see Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in a sound film, playing Don Juan in what would be his final role. The movie's a lot of fun, and even the opening credits are full of wit.

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