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The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Henry Bataille (play), Frederick Lonsdale (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Don Juan
Merle Oberon ... Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... Manager of The Black Cat
Benita Hume ... Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery
Gina Malo ... Pepita, Another Dancer of Equal Temperament
Binnie Barnes ... Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple
Melville Cooper ... Leporello
Owen Nares ... Antonio Martinez, an Actor as Actors Go
Heather Thatcher ... Anna Dora, an Actress as Actresses Go
Diana Napier ... A Lady of Sentiment
Joan Gardner ... Carmen, a Young Lady of Romance
Gibson Gowland ... Don Alfredo, Carmen's Poor Husband
Barry MacKay ... Rodrigo, the Impostor, a Man of Romance (as Barry Mackay)
Claud Allister ... The Duke, as Dukes Go (as Claude Allister)
Athene Seyler ... Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment
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Storyline

What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to see her; he fears the life of a husband. She has bought his debts and will remand him to jail for two years if he won't come to her. Meanwhile, an impostor is climbing the balconies of Seville claiming to be Don Juan. When a jealous husband kills him, the real Don Juan sees a way to avoid jail and get some peace. He hides as Captain Mariano in a small town. After six months, he's ready to return to society: can he measure up to the legend, will women find him attractive, and what about Doña Dolores? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida privada de Don Juan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Fairbanks' final film. See more »

Quotes

Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery: What does he got to say to me?
Don Juan: What a fool he was to forget all this. The divine hair. And those two lovely stars. Just a little frightened.
Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery: No-no-no, darling. You told me all that six years ago. Tell me some of the wonderful things that made women dazed and intoxicated.
Don Juan: Well, that was it. That's what I always told them.
Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery: Well, then, tell me something you never told any woman before.
Don Juan: I love you, darling. I don't want to be anything but your husband.
Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery: Ha-ha-ha. Won't you ever learn anything about ...
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Lengthy, humorous and accurate role descriptions are listed for each character in the opening credits. See more »

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Version of Adventures of Don Juan (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

The Don Juan Serenade
(1934)
(Published in Great Britain with title "Senorita Carmencita")
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics Arthur Wimperis
Performed by John Brownlee
Played as background music often
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When the legend becomes fact... retire.
30 August 2013 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

Don Juan, the great lover, is now middle-aged and finds he no longer has the same appeal with the ladies. Meanwhile a young impostor keeps the Don Juan legend alive by kissing women all over town. When trying to make a comeback, the real Don Juan can't live up to his own legend.

This is a very funny movie and an interesting take on the Don Juan character. We see him forced to adhere to a strict diet, as his good looks are "his only asset", and balcony-climbing has become a chore. It's a tale about aging and clutching to one's youth.

The cast is great for this witty Alexander Korda film. Young Merle Oberon is very beautiful as a dancer whose celebrity profits from being kissed by the great Don Juan. Benita Hume is lovely as the one woman who understands Don Juan - his wife. And it's a rare treat to see Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in a sound film, playing Don Juan in what would be his final role. The movie's a lot of fun, and even the opening credits are full of wit.


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