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As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Czinner

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (treatment), Robert Cullen (scenario) (as R.J. Cullen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Bergner ... Rosalind
Laurence Olivier ... Orlando
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Celia
Henry Ainley ... Exiled Duke
Leon Quartermaine Leon Quartermaine ... Jacques
Felix Aylmer ... Duke Frederick
Stuart Robertson Stuart Robertson ... Amiens
Austin Trevor ... Le Beau
Lionel Braham ... Charles - the Wrestler
John Laurie ... Oliver
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Adam (as Fisher White)
Mackenzie Ward ... Touchstone
Aubrey Mather ... Corin
Richard Ainley ... Sylvius
Peter Bull ... William
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Storyline

A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in love with Orlando, but he has his own tyrannical brother with whom to contend, so he joins those in the forest. Rosalind, now banished, disguises herself as a young man, with Celia as her servant, and follows Orlando into the forest. There, nature stirs love's fires in various rustics as well as in those from the court. Phebe, a shepherdess loved by Silvius, is smitten with the disguised Rosalind. Can true love find a way, and can brothers be reconciled and harmony restored? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Today's most lauded and applauded star... (1949 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahogy tetszik See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inter-Allied See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first printed version of the play came with the Folio of 1623. See more »

Quotes

Jacques: All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts...
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Alternate Versions

Different prints have conflicting credits. For the 1936 U.S. version, Robert Cullen is credited (as R.J. Cullen) for production manager and scenario, but for the 1949 re-release, he is credited only as production manager, and 'Carl Mayer' is credited with adaptation. Similarly, for the 1936 version, Elisabeth Bergner's name is above the title for the opening credits, but in the 1949 re-release Laurence Olivier's name is above the title (as can be seen from the IMDb poster). See more »

Connections

Referenced in High Hopes: As You Like It (2005) See more »

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Uneven but Likable, Especially Bergner as Rosalind
20 February 2005 | by richlandwomanSee all my reviews

The main role, Rosalind, is well-played by the cute, vivacious Bergner. Olivier is good with the physical stuff (very graceful) and the repartee. He tends to fall flat on the soliloquies and extended reveries, though. (And he's wearing way too much makeup, including at times some very crooked lipstick.) The costumes and sets are vivid, probably meant to suggest a fairy-tale, and thus account for the ridiculous plot devices.

And despite the comments of another reviewer, the camera-work is not all "point-and-shoot." It is a bit static by today's standards, but not by those of 1936.

The biggest liability is the muddy, distant sound.

All in all, I liked it more than the average filmed Shakespeare, though it's not great by any means.


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