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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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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:
The Don Juan SerenadeSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The most wonderful 'goodbye' from a REALLY great star, 18 January 2014
Author: binapiraeus from Greece

In 1934, at age 51, Douglas Fairbanks had already decided to end his magnificent and very prolific acting career. Not because he couldn't cope with sound (he had a very nice, strong voice), or with the kind of movies that were popular at the time - he'd originally started as a comedian before he went into the romantic swashbucklers that made him so hugely famous; and in the 30s, screwball comedies were at their height, so he could still have remained a top star for years if he'd wanted to.

But he wanted to retire WHILE he was still on top - and while he could still perform some of those marvelous acrobatic tricks that he'd always employed in his swashbucklers as well as in his comedies and that he himself loved so much doing; and so, for his last role, he chose the one famous character that he hadn't impersonated yet among all the classic heroes of romantic fiction, and that suited him so very well: Don Juan - but an aging Don Juan. A Don Juan who had become tired of keeping in shape for balcony climbing and love-making to young ladies, something which required daily training and diet - a kind of self-confession that he conveyed through his role...

So he shows us here for the last time a display of his famous sword fighting, balcony climbing, and of course romancing - but at the same time, he parodies not only the self-satisfied Don Juan with the myth that surrounds him, but also himself; he wasn't above that.

He was in NO way obliged to admit to his doctor, who calls him "King of Hearts": - "Well, nowadays, when I sit down to a... quiet game with a lady, I'm - no longer sure of holding the card..." Neither to play that scene with the middle-aged innkeeper who has a go at him in a PRETTY unflattering way: "You've no money, no looks, not very much brain - and you're no chicken! You'd make a nice husband..." Neither to have all the young girls of Seville laugh at him when he, who was believed dead, finally steps in in the middle of a stage play about his own 'private life' and declares that HE is the real Don Juan...

And yet he DID play all these scenes - because he wanted to. He wanted to say 'goodbye' to acting with a good dose of self-mockery; he was MAN enough not only to admit that time hadn't just passed him by, but to ridicule that fact in such an exaggerated way that again makes us say automatically: "But hey, you're just joking - you ARE the King of Hearts, and you always will be!" So, with this hilariously funny, bright, romantic costume piece full of action and laughter, Doug Fairbanks retired from the acting stage - not in a pathetic, dramatic way, but in a humorous, lovable one that's kept him in the hearts of his fans until this day. So that's the special meaning behind this very enjoyable period comedy-parody that certainly never gets dull or sentimental or boring for one single moment...

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