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Don Quixote (1933)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 23 December 1934 (USA)
In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, ... See full summary »

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Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Feodor Chaliapin Sr. ... Don Quixote (as Feodor Chaliapine)
George Robey ... Sancho Panza
Oscar Asche Oscar Asche ... Captain of Police
René Donnio René Donnio ... Carrasco (as Donnio)
Frank Stanmore Frank Stanmore ... Priest
Miles Mander ... The Duke of Fallanga
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Gypsy King (as Walter Patch)
Sidney Fox ... Maria, the niece
Emily Fitzroy ... Sancho Panza's wife
Renée Valliers Renée Valliers ... Dulcinea (as Renee Valliers)
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Storyline

In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, Sancho Panza, to reform the world and revive the age of chivalry, choosing a slut to be his noble lady Dulcinea. He mistakes inns for castles, a play about chivalry for the real thing, flocks of sheep for armies, convicts for wronged prisoners, and windmills for giants. While he and Sancho are off on their adventures, his niece, her fiancee, and the local priest think up a strategy to get him back home. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Don Quixote See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nelson Film,Vandor Film See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Cervantes' novel and in most other film versions, the hero's name is really Alonso Quijano (or Quijana, as in "Man of La Mancha"), and it is only after going mad that he renames himself Don Quixote. In Pabst's film(s), the hero's name is really Don Quixote. See more »

Alternate Versions

There were originally three versions of this film, one in French, one in English, and one in German. It is not known if the German version still exists, but it is stated in at least two classic film books that there were three versions at one time. Chaliapin starred in all of them, but several of the cast members were replaced. Identical sets and props were used for all the versions, and all three versions used the same script, although it was translated into the three languages for each country. See more »

Connections

Version of Aventuras de D. Quixote (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson de la mort
Music by Jacques Ibert
Sung by Feodor Chaliapin Sr.
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A not very musical musical
10 April 2001 | by psteierSee all my reviews

I saw the New York Museum of Modern Art's print (the English language version). Only Chaliapin does much singing, but the music and lyrics are not much and I suggest you listen to his recordings to judge his singing. His acting seems very much staged.

George Robey is very good as Sancho Panza (Don Quixote's servant), playing him as a Music Hall character. The scene with the traveling players at an inn is also interesting and fun.


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