As You Like It (1936)

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A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Stewart ...
Henry Ainley ...
Leon Quartermaine ...
Felix Aylmer ...
Stuart Robertson ...
Austin Trevor ...
Lionel Braham ...
J. Fisher White ...
Adam (as Fisher White)
Mackenzie Ward ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Richard Ainley ...


A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in love with Orlando, but he has his own tyrannical brother to contend with, so he joins those in the forest. Rosalind, now banished, disguises herself as a young man, with Celia as her servant, and follows Orlando into the forest. There, nature stirs love's fires in various rustics as well as in those from the court. Phebe, a shepherdess loved by Silvius, is herself smitten with the disguised Rosalind. Can true love find a way, and can brothers be reconciled and harmony restored? Written by <>

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Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy tetszik  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Uneven but Likable, Especially Bergner as Rosalind
20 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The main role, Rosalind, is well-played by the cute, vivacious Bergner. Olivier is good with the physical stuff (very graceful) and the repartee. He tends to fall flat on the soliloquies and extended reveries, though. (And he's wearing way too much makeup, including at times some very crooked lipstick.) The costumes and sets are vivid, probably meant to suggest a fairy-tale, and thus account for the ridiculous plot devices.

And despite the comments of another reviewer, the camera-work is not all "point-and-shoot." It is a bit static by today's standards, but not by those of 1936.

The biggest liability is the muddy, distant sound.

All in all, I liked it more than the average filmed Shakespeare, though it's not great by any means.

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