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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1935 (USA)
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

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William Shakespeare (by), Charles Kenyon (arranged for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hunter ... Theseus - Duke of Athens
Verree Teasdale ... Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Philostrate - Master of Revels to Theseus
Dick Powell ... Lysander - In Love with Hermia
Ross Alexander ... Demetrius - In Love with Hermia
Olivia de Havilland ... Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
Jean Muir ... Helena - In Love with Demetrius
Grant Mitchell ... Egeus - Father to Hermia
Frank McHugh ... Quince - the Carpenter
Dewey Robinson ... Snug - the Joiner
James Cagney ... Bottom - the Weaver
Joe E. Brown ... Flute - the Bellows-Mender
Hugh Herbert ... Snout - the Tinker
Otis Harlan ... Starveling - the Tailor
Arthur Treacher ... Epilogue
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Storyline

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania's band or Oberon's, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in that forest.Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Midsummer Night's Dream See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was personally chosen by director Max Reinhardt. Both agreed early in the production to use the original incidental music written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, as the film's soundtrack. (Reinhardt had done a lavish stage production of the play at the Hollywood Bowl, and had used Mendelssohn's music. That production inspired Warner Bros. to make this movie version.) As the film runs over two hours it was obvious that Mendelssohn's composition would be too short. Instead of just repeating several musical cues to fit the film's final length Korngold adapted the incidental music and parts of some other compositions by Mendelssohn, re-orchestrated them for a larger orchestra and choir (most notably heard in his Wedding March version at the end) and composed some short musical bridges by himself. Thus he created a complete symphonic score for the movie based on Mendelssohn's music. However, he chose to remain uncredited as a composer and insisted on giving full musical credit to Mendelssohn. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Theseus - Duke of Athens: Hippolyta, I wooed you with my sword and won your love, doing thee injuries. But, I will wed you in another key: with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling.
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Crazy Credits

The fairies Pease-Blossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustard-Seed are onscreen in the character list, but not the actors who portrayed them. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 132-minute roadshow version of this film has been restored, shown on cable, and issued on videocassette and DVD. For many years, though, this film was shown only in its general release version, a 117-minute version painstakingly edited by the studio (so that the cuts would not be noticeable), which shifted the order of some sequences and eliminated others.The 2007 DVD release also restores the Intermission title card, not seen since the film's original roadshow release in 1935, as well as including the overture and exit music. See more »

Connections

Version of The fairy queen (La reine des fées) (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Philomel
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Music "An die Entfernte" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Words by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Anita Louise (dubbed by Carol Ellis), with female chorus
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A True Classic
24 December 2002 | by montebankSee all my reviews

The movie is dated, true. In fact, seeing 30's Hollywood's version of Shakespearian England's version of Athenian costuming is a delight in itself. But the actors in this rendition are just amazing. Not only is the cast impressive (Cagney, Brown, Rooney, D'Havilland, Powell), but they are doing the roles with the right mixture of buffoonery and dedication to Shakespeare's love of high and low comedy together.

The casting of Cagney as Bottom was brilliant, his mixture of swagger and obliviousness is perfect, especially when played off of the great Joe E. Brown, who's rubber faced quiet performance is uproarious. Young Mickey Rooney is a wonderful puck, light and athletic, it may be his finest work. The special effects manage to give off the feeling of faerie, without overpowering what is going on. And the weaving of the two stories together works as well as might be hoped for.

I consider this to be the classic definitive Midsummer's Night Dream films. No other can ever measure up.


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