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30 November 1934 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Sadly ironic finale for the great Fairbanks. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks ... Don Juan

Merle Oberon ... Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
Bruce Winston ... Manager of The Black Cat
Benita Hume ... Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery
Gina Malo ... Pepita, Another Dancer of Equal Temperament
Binnie Barnes ... Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple
Melville Cooper ... Leporello
Owen Nares ... Antonio Martinez, an Actor as Actors Go
Heather Thatcher ... Anna Dora, an Actress as Actresses Go
Diana Napier ... A Lady of Sentiment
Joan Gardner ... Carmen, a Young Lady of Romance

Gibson Gowland ... Don Alfredo, Carmen's Poor Husband
Barry MacKay ... Rodrigo, the Impostor, a Man of Romance (as Barry Mackay)
Claud Allister ... The Duke, as Dukes Go (as Claude Allister)
Athene Seyler ... Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment
Hindle Edgar ... A Jealous Husband
Natalie Paley ... Jealous Husband's Poor Wife
Patricia Hilliard ... The Girl at the Castle, a Young Girl in Love
Lawrence Grossmith ... Pedo, Uncle of the Castle Girl, Who Knows Better
Clifford Heatherley ... Pedro, Don Juan's Young Masseur
Morland Graham ... Hector, Don Juan's Cook
Edmund Breon ... Cardona, the Playwright, as Playwrights Go
Betty Hamilton ... First Tired Businessman's Wife

Rosita Garcia ... Second Tired Businessman's Wife
John Brownlee ... Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flora Robson ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Veronica Brady ... Mistress (uncredited)
Annie Esmond ... Dolores' Duenna (uncredited)
William Heughan ... Statue (uncredited)
Miki Hood ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nancy Jones ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Toto Koopman ... Actress (uncredited)

Elsa Lanchester ... Maid (uncredited)
Natalie Lelong ... Second Wife (uncredited)
Mitchelson-Hill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Hay Petrie ... Golden Pheasant Manager (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Boy (uncredited)
Margaretta Scott ... Pepilla (uncredited)
Bill Shine ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Abraham Sofaer ... Street Bookseller (uncredited)
Spencer Trevor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edmund Willard ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Florence Wood ... Cook at the Inn (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Korda 
 
Writing credits
Henry Bataille (play "L'Homme à la Rose")

Frederick Lonsdale (story) and
Lajos Biró (story) (as Lajos Biro)

Frederick Lonsdale (dialogue) and
Lajos Biró (dialogue) (as Lajos Biro)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ernst Toch (musical compositions)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as Georges Perinal)
Robert LaPresle (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Harrison 
 
Set Decoration by
Vincent Korda (settings)
 
Costume Design by
Oliver Messel 
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... assistant director (as G. Boothby)
 
Art Department
Francis Hallam .... architect (as F. Hallam)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Ned Mann .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... camera operator (as Osmond Borrodaile)
Robert Krasker .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Harold Young .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 
Other crew
Marqués De Portago .... technical director (as Marques de Portago)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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89 min
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
Douglas Fairbanks' final film.See more »
Quotes:
Don Juan:Marriage is like a beleaguered city. Those that are out want to get in; those that are in want to get out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You Were MineSee more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sadly ironic finale for the great Fairbanks., 5 June 2000
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

In one scene Melville Cooper says to Douglas Fairbanks: "Leave off while they still think of you as you were ten years ago". It is a sad moment that you feel must have rung true for the two actors. The great Fairbanks, a movie legend, hadn't worked for two years. His famous marriage to Mary Pickford was at an end. And he was ageing, at 51 he could no longer fill the film with his trademark stunts - though he still climbs a mean rope ladder.

Korda, perhaps cruelly, makes Don Juan a rather pathetic character - living off his legend rather than any real charm or beauty. Once he allows the public to believe he is dead, the real Don Juan can't even seduce a kitchen maid, and the only offer he receives is from an old lady - in a scene beautifully played by Fairbanks. When he stands on a stage and declares that he is Don Juan he is met with gales of laughter. You can't help thinking that Fairbanks might have met the same reaction had he stood before a crowd and declared himself to be Douglas Fairbanks.

The film itself is actually pretty good - splendidly staged if a little clumsy in pace. And Merle Oberon is ravishingly beautiful. Fairbanks, like Don Juan, seems tired - ready for retirement. The spark re-ignites briefly in some scenes, but the overall feeling is one of defeat. Within five years Fairbanks would be dead having never worked again. As the film concludes, with Don Juan finally succumbing to marriage, and therefore retirement, we get the impression that he won't live much longer either. A god has been brought to earth. A flame extinguished.

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