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A Dream Comes True (1935)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | October 1935 (USA)
One of the most well attended, exciting and energy driven Hollywood premiers within recent memory is for the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The story for this production began a ... See full summary »

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One of the most well attended, exciting and energy driven Hollywood premiers within recent memory is for the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The story for this production began a year earlier with 'Max Reinhardt''s stage production of the William Shakespeare comedy. Upon seeing this stage production, Warner Brothers executives immediately signed Reinhardt to co-direct this film adaptation with William Dieterle. One of the more elaborate sets created on the studio sound stage was the immense forest where most of the movie's action takes place. Studio technicians scoured the country for unusually shaped trees for the set. The star studded ensemble cast includes James Cagney, Joe E. Brown, Dick Powell, Jean Muir, Victor Jory, Hugh Herbert, Anita Louise, Ross Alexander, Verree Teasdale, 'Frank McHugh', Grant Mitchell, Olivia de Havilland, Mickey Rooney and Ian Hunter. Another set of important crew/cast members are Bronislava Njinska and Nini Theilade, who choreographed and ... Written by Huggo

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Vitaphone production reel #7240. See more »

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Incidental Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Conducted by Leo F. Forbstein
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Promotional film to create interest in the feature film...
13 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Warner Bros. spent such a lavish budget on their production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM that they went all out to market it to audiences not accustomed to viewing anything quite so literary, especially from the studio that featured mostly crime melodramas with stars like Cagney and Edward G. Robinson.

So they created a short movie that would acquaint movie-goers with cast members of the film talking briefly about their participation.

Among the cast members: JAMES CAGNEY, DICK POWELL, OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, MICKEY ROONEY, ARTHUR TREACHER, VICTOR JORY, ANITA LOUISE and many other contract players.

There's a certain old-fashioned charm to this style of promoting a film and it's certainly interesting to see these actors talking about their roles and their high expectations for the film's success.

Apparently it worked. While not a great financial success, the film did win some critical approval and ended up with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Warners did the same thing the following year with ANTHONY ADVERSE, again presenting a promotional feature that had the various actors/actresses talking about their roles in the film.


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