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Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  1 December 1948 (USA)
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The great lover Don Juan comes to the assistance of his queen.

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Donna Elena
Robert Warwick ...
Don José - Count de Polan
Jerry Austin ...
Don Sebastian
Douglas Kennedy ...
Don Rodrigo
Jean Shepherd ...
Donna Carlotta (as Jeanne Shepherd)
Mary Stuart ...
Catherine
Helen Westcott ...
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Don Serafino Lopez
Aubrey Mather ...
Lord Chalmers
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Don Juan de Marana damages Spanish prestige in diplomatic circles with his indiscreet womanizing, but he attempts to rehabilitate his image after he meets the beautiful Queen Margaret, trapped in a loveless arranged marriage with the weak and feckless King Philip III. The Queen becomes the love of Don Juan's life, and although she is obviously attracted to him, the relationship remains appropriately platonic. Becoming caught up in court intrigue, Don Juan uncovers a plot by the King's minister, the ruthless Duke de Lorca, to become the power behind the throne. After de Lorca is exposed by Don Juan, he brazenly intimidates the cowardly king into compliance and threatens to execute the uncooperative queen. Helped by his friends, his servant Leporello, fencing master Don Serafino, and court jester Sebastian, Don Juan tries to foil the Duke's evil machinations. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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With the failure of Errol Flynn's non-action films Escape Me Never (1947) and Never Say Goodbye (1946), Warners producer Jerry Wald argued that the star should return to a large-scale swashbuckler, especially after Captain Blood (1935), The Sea Hawk (1940) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) had enjoyed recent successful theatrical revivals. Unfortunately for Flynn, this film continued his string of critical and financial flops, and the budgets of subsequent Flynn films were reduced considerably. See more »

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When Don Juan stabs de Lorca in their climactic fight, the knife is seen entering under his right rib cage in the area of the liver. In the next shot the knife is squarely in the middle of the sternum in the area of the heart. See more »

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Narrator: [narrating voice over] In Europe, as the seventeenth century dawned, mankind was lifting itself from ignorance and superstition.
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Charming, Witty and Delightful Adventure
9 November 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the end of the Seventeenth Century, Don Juan de Marana (Errol Flynn) is repatriated from London to Madrid after a serious diplomatic scandal caused by his affair with a British fiancée on the Eve of her marriage with a Spanish noble. The Spanish ambassador in London Count de Polan (Robert Warwick) sends a recommendation letter to his friend Queen Margaret (Viveca Lindfors) to give an opportunity in the court to rehabilitate Don Juan from the gossips and rumors about his love affairs, and he is hired as instructor of the art of fencing in the Spanish Academy. He secretly falls in love for Queen Margareth but becomes loyal to her and her irresponsible and weak husband, King Phillip III (Romney Brent). Don Juan discovers the plan of the Machiavellian Duke de Lorca (Robert Douglas) that intends to declare war to England and rules Spain. With the support of his friends, Don Juan defends the Queen, the King and Count de Polan against Duke de Lorca and his men.

"The Adventures of Don Juan" is a charming, witty and delightful adventure full of romance and comedy. Unfortunately the cinema industry forgot how to make awesome movies like this one without the need of sex scenes or gore and sadism. The athletic Errol Flynn is amazing, fighting with foil and seducing the women in the story and the audiences in the real world, using intelligent and witty lines. The gorgeous Viveca Lindfors performs a queen with stylish elegance and class. The traitor Robert Douglas is the perfect villain, with treachery, ambition and Machiavellism. In the end, this movie is highly recommended for the whole family as a great entertainment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "As Aventuras de Don Juan" ("The Adventures of Don Juan")


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