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Don Juan (1926)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 19 February 1927 (USA)
In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writer:

Bess Meredyth (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Winton ... Donna Isobel
John Roche ... Leandro
Warner Oland ... Cesare Borgia
Estelle Taylor ... Lucrezia Borgia
Montagu Love ... Count Giano Donati (as Montague Love)
Josef Swickard ... Duke Della Varnese (as Joseph Swickard)
Willard Louis ... Pedrillo
Nigel De Brulier ... Marchese Rinaldo
Hedda Hopper ... Marchesia Rinaldo
Myrna Loy ... Mai - Lady in Waiting
Mary Astor ... Adriana della Varnese
John Barrymore ... Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana
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Storyline

If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and the Count Donati. Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tigre. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A Super Spectacle Depicting the Romantic Adventures of THE LORD OF ALL LOVERS! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies. See more »

Goofs

This story is set during the reign of HH Alexander VI (1492-1503); however, it features very prominently the present day Basilica of Saint Peter, whose building started during the reign of HH Julius II (1503-1513), and which was not finished until the 17th century. See more »

Quotes

Cesare Borgia: Go - prepare yourself for the nuptials.
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Connections

Referenced in Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004) See more »

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Exemplary
8 August 2006 | by irearlySee all my reviews

Just saw this at The Paramount Theater in Seattle with Dennis James at the organ. This is an excellent example of what Hollywood was doing so well at the time. The costumes and sets were outstanding, the cast was incredible—Mary Astor was truly archetypal, ethereal and believable as the swooning heroine, Barrymore at his best as a swashbuckling ladies man. This is both a complex story of the "Don Juan" syndrome and a story of suffering and redemption. Several incredible sequences including the horse-mounted sword fighting between Barrymore and a horde of pursuing soldiers at the climax. After which Juan and Adriana head "east" (into the rising sun?) for the safety of Don Juan's native Spain. Don't let others dissuade you, if you get the chance see this movie!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Juan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$546,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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