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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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Awards:
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)

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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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #752)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Olivia de Havilland, although it was released after her next two films, Alibi Ike (1935) and The Irish in Us (1935).See more »
Quotes:
Quince, the Carpenter:Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. And we will do it in action as we will do it before the duke. Pyramus, you begin.
Bottom:Well, I begin. Oh, Thisny!
Quince, the Carpenter:And when you have spoken your speech...
Bottom:Then I stop.
Quince, the Carpenter:No, no.
Bottom:Well, then I go on.
Quince, the Carpenter:No, no! Then you enter into that brake; and so everyone according to his cue. Thisby! Stand forth. Speak, Pyramus.
Bottom:Oh, Thisny, the flowers -...
Quince, the Carpenter:"Oh, Thisby."
Bottom:This-nee.
[...]
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Magical, Musical, Marvelous Movie, 15 January 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA



What?! James Cagney, Mickey Rooney & Dick Powell doing Shakespeare? Yes, indeed, and very well, too.

This is one of the most magical films of the 1930's. Warner Brothers lavished great care upon it and it glows like the moonlight in many of its most famous scenes.

The plot is a familiar one to all lovers of Shakespeare. Four desperate lovers steal away into the enchanted forest outside ancient Athens. There they are spied upon by the King of Fairies, Oberon, who is having domestic difficulties of his own with his fair Queen, Titania. Meanwhile, seven intellectually-challenged Athenian rustics have come to the same woods to practice a play they wish to perform at the nuptial celebrations of the local nobility. Puck, the fairy mischief-maker, has a ball causing difficulty for nearly everyone.

Hal Mohr, the Cinematographer, did a marvelous job. He makes you think he was filming by moonlight. For this film he was awarded the only Oscar ever won due to a write-in vote. The dreamy Mendelssohn music is also used to great effect.

The entire cast is excellent and the American accents of many of them does no injury to the Shakespearean verse. This was Olivia de Havilland's film debut and she is beautiful. Others include Ian Hunter, Joe E. Brown, Anita Louise, Victor Jory, Frank McHugh, Jean Muir, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Treacher & Billy Barty. Ross Alexander, groomed for stardom by Warners, had his best role here as one of the young lovers. Fame never smiled on him and two years later, relegated to minor films, he was to die a suicide.

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