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The Private Life of Don Juan -- What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores...
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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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Will The Real Don Juan Stand Up Or Stand Out? 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
The play "L'homme a la rose" by Henry Bataille originally opened in Paris, France on 5 December 1920. An English adaptation, "Don Juan", by Lawrence Langner, opened in New York on 5 September 1921.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 Broken Flowers (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You Were MineSee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Will The Real Don Juan Stand Up Or Stand Out?, 7 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s memoirs, he and his father decided in 1933 to go over to Great Britain together for work. Fairbanks the younger wasn't satisfied with his film career at Warner Brothers and his father was falling head over heels with the British Lady Sylvia Ashley. She became his third and last wife. Doug Jr. said that they bonded while there closer than they did while he was a child.

Doug Jr. did a bunch of films and some stage work in London, his best known film in his British period was Catherine the Great with Elizabeth Bergner. Doug, Sr. did this one film, The Private Life of Don Juan and it's as tailor made a farewell to the screen as The Shootist was for John Wayne.

We all of us get older and even such sex symbols as Don Juan does. He's wearying of the life and I suspect has not the stamina any more for what he was known for. When rumor goes around he's been killed finally by an irate husband, Fairbanks decides with his faithful man Friday, Leporello, played by Melville Cooper to take a long needed rest.

The problem comes when he decides to make a comeback and no one believes this 51 year old man is the real Don Juan. Fairbanks was 51 when he made The Private Life of Don Juan and he did look pretty good for a 51 year old man. At least I didn't look as good when I hit that age.

What will the outcome be for the aged Lothario? For that you'll have to see the film and I will say that Alexander Korda provided a nice bevy of British beauties for Fairbanks to choose from. Such beautiful and talented folks as Merle Oberon, Benita Hume, Binnie Barnes, and Diana Napier all vie for Fairbanks's attention at one point in the film.

Best in the film however is Athene Seyler and her proposition to Fairbanks. Her scene with him is a delight.

I don't know if Fairbanks had it in his head that The Private Life of Don Juan would be his farewell picture. It needn't have been, his speaking voice registered well for sound and by 1934 he wasn't overacting as many of his silent contemporaries did and ruined their careers thereby. But The Private Life of Don Juan was perfect as a farewell performance for a man who was an American icon in his day, as much as John Wayne was in his.

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