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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)

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


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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:
As Austrian-born director Max Reinhardt didn't speak English, William Dieterle acted as his interpreter and co-director.See more »
Quotes:
Bottom:To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Christmas Tale (2008)See more »
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Anything Goes When Puck's on the Prowl in those woods., 17 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A Midsummer Night's Dream was to be Jack Warner's bow to culture back during the Depression. The economical studio which specialized in urban dramas was doing something that normally MGM would have taken the lead in. In fact I'm not so sure that Louis B. Mayer decided that if Warner Brothers could make Shakespeare popular, he could do it better and hence Norma Shearer got to star in Romeo and Juliet.

The great German Impresario producer Max Reinhardt with co-direction from another German emigrant, William Dieterle, put this together. He played to Warner Brothers other strength, those Busby Berkeley musicals and their intricate numbers. Visually, A Midsummer Night's Dream is stunning with an ethereal quality as the various faeries and nymphs go through the woods. They do their thing to Mendelsohn's great music as arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. In fact this was the start of Korngold's relationship with the brothers Warner and some of the great musical scores he wrote for them.

This was also the start of Olivia DeHavilland's great career. Olivia is one of the few major stars who literally went from unknown to star in one fell swoop. She had graduated high school and was doing some summer stock before entering college when Max Reinhardt spotted here while touring America with A Midsummer Night's Dream. When Warner Brothers got his services for this film, he brought with him Olivia and personally cast her as Hermia.

The film was held up with editing, scoring, retakes, and Olivia made and was seen in two low budget films before A Midsummer Night's Dream was released. So her debut is in a Joe E. Brown film, Alibi Ike. But this is her first film.

The material was familiar to Olivia, but not all her fellow players at Warner Brothers were so blessed. Dick Powell said that this film was one of the two worst experiences he had while at that studio. He had no training of any kind to do this classical piece and said he was lost through out the whole production.

James Cagney is no classical actor either, but as Bottom with or without the donkey's head on him, courtesy of Puck, Cagney brings his boisterous style to the proceedings and it works for the most part. Some of the other tradespeople in the town Frank McHugh, Dewey Robinson and Joe E. Brown look pretty lost though.

On loan out from MGM, Mickey Rooney steals the show as Puck. On orders from Victor Jory the Faerie King to play a little joke on his wife Anita Louise, Rooney casts a spell on her that will make her fall for the first living soul she sees. Rooney decides on is own to sweeten the joke by giving James Cagney a donkey's head and making sure that Louise sees him first. And of course the four lovers, Dick Powell, Ross Alexander, Jean Muir, and Olivia DeHavilland, Rooney confuses their affections as well as a bonus.

Rooney who was another kid actor up to this point, got his first real critical notices in this. It led to his becoming a major star over at MGM and Louis B. Mayer never lending him out to anyone again as long as he was under contract there.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a curious film. Shakespearean purists might recoil at some of the casting, but I'm sure it was entertaining enough for the Depression audiences.

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