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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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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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MEN FEARED HIM, WOMEN ADORED HIM. A flash of his sword was death to an enemy- a flash of his eye was fatal to any woman. (Print ad- Sunday Mail,((Brisbane, Queensland)) 30 January 1927) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

At the film's premiere, Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), contributed an on-screen introduction, Introductory Speech by Will H. Hays (1926), talking in synchronized sound, welcoming everyone in the audience to "the beginning of a new era in music and motion pictures." After that, several shorts were shown featuring the New York Philharmonic playing the overture to "Tannhäuser", violinists Mischa Elman and Efrem Zimbalist Sr., guitarist Roy Smeck, three opera shorts with Giovanni Martinelli, Marion Talley, and Anna Case, and then the feature. It was a huge success. 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

Lucrezia Borgia: A little flat, perhaps, but you'll console yourself with the ample figure of her father's fortune - marry her by all means, Giano.
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Historically relevant popcorn movie
9 March 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

This is a fun film. It has a charismatic lead in John Barrymore, a deliciously evil villains in Estelle Taylor and Montagu Love, and a beautiful young Mary Astor as the ingénue who cures Don Juan of his skirt chasing ways. There's lots of ardent love scenes and swashbuckling action a la Douglas Fairbanks.

The sets and costumes are strange, a bizarre mix of 16th century fashion and art deco. The women sport kiss curls and cupid bow mouths. Modern viewers unused to a thing known as historical context will no doubt laugh at the heavily made up men (especially Don Juan's sidekick; he seems to be wearing more lipstick than Estelle Taylor.) All in all, a good time for silent film fans.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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