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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

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Ian Hunter ...
Verree Teasdale ...
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Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
Jean Muir ...
Helena - In Love with Demetrius
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Frank McHugh ...
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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania's band or Oberon's, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in that forest.Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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When the forest that Max Reinhardt designed could not be lit properly, cinematographer Hal Mohr thinned the trees slightly, sprayed them with aluminum paint and covered them with cobwebs and tiny metal particles to reflect the light. As a result, he became the first (and only) write-in winner of an Academy Award. See more »

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Lysander, yield your crazed title to my certain right.
Lysander: You have her father's love, Demetrius. Let me have Hermia's. You marry him.
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The opening credits appear as if they were "trickling down" from the top of the screen. See more »

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Scottish Symphony
(1842) (uncredited)
(Final movement)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by an anonymous writer
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Sung by Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Ross Alexander, Jean Muir,
James Cagney, Joe E.Brown and chorus
Conducted onscreen by Frank McHugh
Played offscreen by the Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra
Conducted by Leo F. Forbstein
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A classic film of one of Shakespeare's best plays.
14 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful congregation of talent! Newer versions may have color and language easier for the modern ear to understand, but lovers of Shakespeare should make a point of watching this classic! Although sometimes dim and patchy, for its time, this movie contained some very inventive visual effects, effectively drawing the viewer into the fairy world. And, considering the materials of the era, one has to wonder at the time and effort involved in the construction of the fairy costumes and environment.

James Cagney's portrayal of Bottom, the tinker, shows a seldom seen side of the actor, who is more often remembered for his tough guys and dancing roles. While wearing a full-face donkey head, he was able to convey all the emotions from fright to joy through body language.

Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Puck, the mischievous wood sprite, showed his early natural talent for mimickry and comedy that would evolve in the coming years.

Other actors, who were known but not yet as famous as they would be in later years, and stars from the earliest years of film also lent their talents to this picture. Joe E. Brown, Hugh Herbert, Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Victor Jory, Ian Hunter, and many others make this film a true Classic!


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