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Some of the Greatest (1955)

Approved | | Short | 18 July 1955 (USA)
A fast paced condensation of Don Juan (1926) with John Barrymore at his amourous and swashbuckleing best, and one of the great swordfights of all time. The music is compiled from many ... See full summary »

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A fast paced condensation of Don Juan (1926) with John Barrymore at his amourous and swashbuckleing best, and one of the great swordfights of all time. The music is compiled from many Warner Bros. movies and has an entertaining commentary by Dweight Weist Written by Phillip Lines

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28 July 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Some of the Greatest (1956)

** (out of 4)

I'm sure in 1956 this short from Warner had some merit to it but when viewed today you can't help but call it somewhat worthless. What we've basically got here is a promotional film showing those in 1956 some of the greatest (hey, just like the title says) actors in history. To do this we get clips from the 1926 film DON JUAN with John Barrymore. This short shows the highlights of that film with Dwight Weist narrating what we're seeing and making a few jokes. Back in the 1930s there were several series that had the likes of Pete Smith taking silent films and adding narration, which was pretty much making fun of them. That's not the case here as I'm sure this film did intend to show how great these stars were but at the same time, DON JUAN is easily available today to be seen in its full glory so there's no point of watching this and the various spoilers it has. The only real reason to watch this would be just to see how the studio tried to show off the film but you should still only do this after watching DON JUAN in its entirety.


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