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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Verree Teasdale ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
Jean Muir ...
Helena - In Love with Demetrius
Dewey Robinson ...
Otis Harlan ...
Arthur Treacher ...


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The first Shakespeare adaptation to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. See more »


Oberon, King of the Fairies: Ill-met by moonlight, proud Titania!
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The main title reads "Warner Brothers Pictures has the honor to present Max Reinhardt's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare". See more »


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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by women's chorus and the Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra
Conducted by Leo F. Forbstein
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2 April 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Thalberg's pledge to give back to the people something good is seen in this project realized 66 years ago. Everyone is acting! No one struts or swains, dying to be a star. The young, superlovely Olivia de Havilland is a gorgeous and fun Hermia in her maiden role. Dick Powell and Ross Alexander as the two Athenian youths confused by Puckish Mickey Rooney Robin Goodfellow are wonderful in their entanglement with beautiful Jean Muir's Helena. The players, Frank McHugh, Dewey Robinson, Hugh Herbert, Grant Mitchell and the wonderful snob's snob, Arthur Treacher are topped by Jimmy ("you dirty rat") Cagney [trivia buffs know he never said those lines except in response to Gorshen and Rich Little's impressions of him at a roast before his death] and Joe E. Brown's Flute. Victor Jory, often cast as a villain is great as Oberon, as is lovely Anita Louise as Titania. There's not a weak spot in this cast and the entire play, in living Black and White, is soft, diffused and whispery as a summer night. Erich W. Korngold's music is supplemented by the exquisite Mendelssohn score and look for a tiny Billy Barty as Mustardseed, one of the sprites. There are other fine ones, the RSC's 1968 and the recent 1999 are wonderful, but, fans, take it from an old Shakespeare buff, this one is an immortal production.

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