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Writers:
William Shakespeare (by)
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Release Date:
30 October 1935 (USA) See more »
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Three Centuries In The Making ! An immortal literary classic becomes a triumph of the ages ! See more »
Plot:
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ian Hunter ... Theseus - Duke of Athens
Verree Teasdale ... Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Philostrate - Master of Revels to Theseus

Dick Powell ... Lysander - In Love with Hermia

Ross Alexander ... Demetrius - In Love with Hermia

Olivia de Havilland ... Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
Jean Muir ... Helena - In Love with Demetrius

Grant Mitchell ... Egeus - Father to Hermia
Frank McHugh ... Quince - the Carpenter
Dewey Robinson ... Snug - the Joiner

James Cagney ... Bottom - the Weaver

Joe E. Brown ... Flute - the Bellows-Mender

Hugh Herbert ... Snout - the Tinker
Otis Harlan ... Starveling - the Tailor
Arthur Treacher ... Epilogue

Victor Jory ... Oberon - King of the Fairies

Anita Louise ... Titania - Queen of the Fairies
Nini Theilade ... Fairie - Attending Titania (as Nina Theilade)

Mickey Rooney ... Puck or Robin Goodfellow - a Fairy
Katherine Frey ... Pease-Blossom (as Fairie)
Helen Westcott ... Cobweb (as Fairie)
Fred Sale ... Moth (as Fairie)

Billy Barty ... Mustard-Seed (as Fairie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheila Brown ... Indian Prince (uncredited)
Jackie Butler ... Child (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Performance Audience Member (uncredited)
Carol Ellis ... Titania (singing voice) (uncredited)
Kay Frye ... Child (uncredited)
Patsy Galloway ... Child (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rags Ragland ... Acting Troupe Member (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Gnome (uncredited)
Donn Stokes ... Child (uncredited)
Helen Wood ... Lady of the Court (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Dieterle 
Max Reinhardt 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (by)

Charles Kenyon (arranged for the screen by) &
Mary C. McCall Jr. (arranged for the screen by)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
 
Set Decoration by
Ben Bone (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Max Rée  (as Max Ree)
Milo Anderson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... cosmetician
Clay Campbell .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Faye Hanlin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Emmett Emerson .... props (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special photographic effects
Fred Jackman .... special photographic effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special photographic effects (as Hans Koenekamp)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Brannigan .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Stanley Cortez .... camera operator (uncredited)
L. De Angelis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mickey Marigold .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Surtees .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... music arranger
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy .... music by (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stanley Logan .... dialogue director
Bronislava Njinska .... ballets by (as Bronislawa Nijinska)
Fred Applegate .... continuity (uncredited)
Henry Blanke .... supervisor (uncredited)
George P. Breakston .... double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Jane Downey .... stand-in (uncredited)
S. Charles Einfeld .... press agent (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack Grey .... stand-in (uncredited)
Betty Hobday .... stand-in (uncredited)
Percy Kennedy .... stand-in (uncredited)
Pat O'Shea .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gladys Rehfeld .... stand-in (uncredited)
George Slight .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nini Theilade .... dance ensembles (uncredited)
Charles Veneman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Arthur J. Zellner .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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  • Warner Bros. (have the honor to present: A Max Reinhardt Production) (as Warner Brothers)
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Runtime:
133 min | USA:117 min (edited version) | USA:142 min (with overture and exit music)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #752)

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Trivia:
Mickey Rooney is usually thought to have been eleven when he made this film. He was actually 14 during filming.See more »
Quotes:
Quince, the Carpenter:Nick Bottom, you are set down for... Pyramus.
Bottom:I play Pyramus! I play Pyramus! I play Pyramus!... What is Pyramus?
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A great cinematic introduction to Shakespeare, 17 July 1999
Author: Jonathan Boswell (jboswell@sinosa.com) from Sierra Vista, Arizona

Early Hollywood wasn't known for its high-brow culture, and this film was an important step in enriching the cinema. The opening titles reveal how proud Warner Brothers were to have done it, and what a production it was indeed: all the top Warner's stars, the best technical support in the world, a top composer of the day in Erich Korngold, ballet choreography by Nijinska, and the highly respected Max Reinhardt as director. You couldn't have asked for more in those energetic movie days.

And, happily, it works! It's still beautiful, exciting, technically enthralling--and very funny! There are too many great performances to single out even one; but as an ensemble, the "players" are marvelous. No one seems stilted; everyone is right at home; even though most of these individuals hadn't been trained to the classical stage--they were just good! and, incidentally, it just goes to show the timelessness of the play itself.

Some scenes today seem overlong, and I think someone should have toned down little Mickey Rooney a good bit, but all in all it's a triumph. Midsummer or not, it's a sweet interlude.

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