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The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

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

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30 November 1934 (USA)  »

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La vida privada de Don Juan  »

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Trivia

Douglas Fairbanks was very good friends with Charlie Chaplin. See more »

Quotes

The Impostor: Is it true he had eight hundred and fifty-seven affairs in three years?
Leporello: To be exact, nine hundred and three.
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Soundtracks

La Paloma
(1861) (uncredited)
Written by Sebastián Yradier
Played as background music often
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Tongue-in-cheek extravaganza
19 August 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Returning old and in debt to Seville, the scene of his youthful triumphs, Douglas Fairbanks Snr as the Don finds a young impostor climbing less adroitly up balconies to get at the city's wives. When the inept lad is run through by a husband, Don Juan enjoys attending his own funeral but is persuaded by Melville Cooper, his sardonic sidekick Leporello, to disappear under an alias to Portugal.

Bored and unsuccessful with women there, he leaves when the even-older owner of the inn, Athene Seyler, proposes. Back in Seville, nobody believes that this strange elderly man is the dead Don Juan and he is universally taken for another impostor, even by old flames.

Among the host of lovely women it is invidious to pick out Merle Oberon as a gloriously seductive dancer Antonita, Benita Hume as his abandoned but still faithful wife Doña Dolores and Binnie Barnes as a gawky barmaid Rosita.

The whole film is tongue-in-cheek, with nobody taking themselves seriously and all acting with Latin extravagance. Picturesque costumes are about 1805, based on Goya's paintings, and there are some ambitious sets. Fine soundtrack throughout, with an opening serenade "Senorita Carmencita" and a running motif of "La Paloma". Good entertainment!


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