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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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You will believe in fairies See more (44 total) »

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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • 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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #752)

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Trivia:
Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was personally chosen by director Max Reinhardt. Both agreed in an early production stage to use the original incidental music written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as the film's soundtrack. (Reinhardt did a stage production of the play before and used Mendelssohn's music.) As the film runs over two hours it was obvious that Mendelssohn's composition would be too short. Instead of just repeating several musical cues to fit the film's final length Korngold adapted the incidental music and parts of some other compositions by Mendelssohn, re-orchestrated them for a larger orchestra and choir (most notably heard in his Wedding March version at the end) and composed some short musical bridges by himself. Thus he created a complete symphonic score for the movie based on Mendelssohn's music. However, he chose to remain uncredited as a composer and insisted on giving full musical credit to Mendelssohn.See more »
Quotes:
Flute, the Bellows-Mender:"I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb."
Quince, the Carpenter:Ninny's?
Flute, the Bellows-Mender:Ninny's.
Quince, the Carpenter:Ninny's.
Flute, the Bellows-Mender:Ninny's.
Quince, the Carpenter:"Ninus' tomb", man!
Flute, the Bellows-Mender:[Flute begins to repeat Quince's words and gestures] Ninus' tomb, man!
Quince, the Carpenter:But you must not speak that yet!
Flute, the Bellows-Mender:But you must not speak that yet!
Quince, the Carpenter:Ohhh...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.32" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spinning SongSee more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
You will believe in fairies, 1 October 2005
Author: lokismumm from Norfolk, England

I came across this movie one rainy afternoon on TV. Jimmy Cagney doing Shakespeare? Surely not! My expectations were, frankly, low. We English are a bit funny about Shakespeare, as you can imagine, and the thought of the dirty rat as one of the bard's greatest comic creations was worrying, to say the least. The whole film is, however, magical. I laughed out loud at the wall joke, even though I knew what was coming, and Roony's Puck was, as another contributor says, probably his best performance. Bottom's realisation that he is now the proud possessor of an ass's head is quite affecting. It's Titania's fairies, though, that make this such a wonderful experience. I have seen this a couple of times since that rainy afternoon, and am always convinced that it will not live up to my expectations. It always does, though. The sheer beauty of the scene where the fairies awake is, as we say over here, gob-smacking. I am sure that this could never be done with such picturesque quality in colour. I had this on tape for a long time, and then I lent it to some eejit who erased it. I scan the listings every week to see if it's on TV, and when it is I shall make sure that it never leaves my possession.

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