Adventures of Don Juan (1949)

110 or 113 mins | Adventure | 29 January 1949

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HISTORY

Scholars believe that Don Juan's real name was Migul de Manara. According to an 18 Apr 1944 LAEx news item, writer John Taintor Foote had prepared a screenplay for the studio. His contribution to the final script is undetermined. Adventures of Don Juan was slated for production in 1945, according to Warner Bros. interoffice memos reproduced in a modern source. The memos add that Raoul Walsh and Jean Negulesco were at different times assigned to direct the film, which was postponed for various reasons, including a lengthy industry strike. Negulesco was dropped when Vincent Sherman was assigned at Errol Flynn's request, according to Warner Bros. memos. A 26 Dec 1947 HR news item notes that more than 5,200 costumes were made for the film, including fifteen for Viveca Lindfors, eighteen for Robert Douglas, twelve for Romney Brent and eleven for Alan Hale. Their efforts earned Leah Rhodes, Travilla and Marjorie Best an Oscar for Best Costume Design. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in a color picture. One hundred and thirteen sets were constructed, according to a 2 Jan 1948 HR news item. Production shut down between 14 Jan and 28 Jan 1948 when Errol Flynn developed influenza. According to studio memos reprinted in a modern source, the film used some stock shots from The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0021, F3.3546). A modern source notes that William Faulkner worked on the screenplay. Among the many films made about Don ... More Less

Scholars believe that Don Juan's real name was Migul de Manara. According to an 18 Apr 1944 LAEx news item, writer John Taintor Foote had prepared a screenplay for the studio. His contribution to the final script is undetermined. Adventures of Don Juan was slated for production in 1945, according to Warner Bros. interoffice memos reproduced in a modern source. The memos add that Raoul Walsh and Jean Negulesco were at different times assigned to direct the film, which was postponed for various reasons, including a lengthy industry strike. Negulesco was dropped when Vincent Sherman was assigned at Errol Flynn's request, according to Warner Bros. memos. A 26 Dec 1947 HR news item notes that more than 5,200 costumes were made for the film, including fifteen for Viveca Lindfors, eighteen for Robert Douglas, twelve for Romney Brent and eleven for Alan Hale. Their efforts earned Leah Rhodes, Travilla and Marjorie Best an Oscar for Best Costume Design. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in a color picture. One hundred and thirteen sets were constructed, according to a 2 Jan 1948 HR news item. Production shut down between 14 Jan and 28 Jan 1948 when Errol Flynn developed influenza. According to studio memos reprinted in a modern source, the film used some stock shots from The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0021, F3.3546). A modern source notes that William Faulkner worked on the screenplay. Among the many films made about Don Juan are the 1906 French film Don Juan ; the 1926 Warner Bros. film Don Juan , starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor and directed by Alan Crosland (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1392); and The Private Life of Don Juan , released by United Artists in 1934, which starred Douglas Fairbanks and Merle Oberon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.5439). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Dec 1948.
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Daily Variety
24 Dec 48
p. 3, 9
Film Daily
24 Dec 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 47
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Dec 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 48
p. 3, 11
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 48
p. 8.
Los Angeles Examiner
18 Apr 1944.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Dec 48
p. 4410.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jan 49
p. 4443.
New York Times
25 Dec 48
p. 10.
Variety
29 Dec 48
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Best boy
Fencing instructor
Fencing instructor
Scr supv
STAND INS
Double
Double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 January 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 December 1948
Production Date:
14 October 1947--mid April 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 January 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2107
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
110 or 113
Length(in feet):
9,938
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Near London, in the 17th century, notorious Lothario Don Juan barely escapes an angry husband, when he and his friend, Leporello, are stopped by a company of soldiers assigned to keep the road clear to accommodate a Spanish duke. Desperate to avoid the pursuing husband, Don Juan pretends to be the duke, only to discover that he is expected to marry Lady Diana. As Diana is beautiful, Don Juan decides to take advantage of the situation, but is thwarted by the arrival of the real duke. Don Juan and Leporello are subsequently arrested and ordered to be deported to Spain. Before Don Juan leaves England, Count De Polan, the Spanish ambassador, gives him a written introduction to Queen Margaret, the Spanish king's consort, and asks him to help prevent an impending war between Spain and England. Once in Spain, Don Juan and Leporello discover that, in their absence, their homeland has become a dispirited place. While they are resting at an inn, a press gang made up of the Duke de Lorca's soldiers arrives and harasses the residents. After Don Juan drives them away at sword point, he is accepted as a hero. The people speak favorably of Margaret, but are disappointed by her husband, King Phillip III, who is greatly influenced by the power-hungry Lorca. When Don Juan presents his letter to Margaret, she chastises him for his dalliance with Lady Diana, which disgraced the state and destroyed the possibility of a political marriage that would have helped prevent war between England and Spain. After Don Juan tells her about Lorca's press gang, she asks him to become a fencing instructor ... +


Near London, in the 17th century, notorious Lothario Don Juan barely escapes an angry husband, when he and his friend, Leporello, are stopped by a company of soldiers assigned to keep the road clear to accommodate a Spanish duke. Desperate to avoid the pursuing husband, Don Juan pretends to be the duke, only to discover that he is expected to marry Lady Diana. As Diana is beautiful, Don Juan decides to take advantage of the situation, but is thwarted by the arrival of the real duke. Don Juan and Leporello are subsequently arrested and ordered to be deported to Spain. Before Don Juan leaves England, Count De Polan, the Spanish ambassador, gives him a written introduction to Queen Margaret, the Spanish king's consort, and asks him to help prevent an impending war between Spain and England. Once in Spain, Don Juan and Leporello discover that, in their absence, their homeland has become a dispirited place. While they are resting at an inn, a press gang made up of the Duke de Lorca's soldiers arrives and harasses the residents. After Don Juan drives them away at sword point, he is accepted as a hero. The people speak favorably of Margaret, but are disappointed by her husband, King Phillip III, who is greatly influenced by the power-hungry Lorca. When Don Juan presents his letter to Margaret, she chastises him for his dalliance with Lady Diana, which disgraced the state and destroyed the possibility of a political marriage that would have helped prevent war between England and Spain. After Don Juan tells her about Lorca's press gang, she asks him to become a fencing instructor at the Royal Academy. Meanwhile, Lorca's men kidnap De Polan and demand the money he carries for Spain. When De Polan refuses, Lorca imprisons and tortures him. Lorca offers Don Juan a commission in the Spanish Navy and suggests that he increase the size of the academy with men who would then be drafted into the Navy. Don Juan greatly angers Lorca when he turns down the commission, stating that Lorca is apparently preparing for a war that would be disastrous for Spain. Don Juan then reports to Margaret and tells her that he has fallen in love with her. Margaret angrily rejects him, and Don Juan returns to his promiscuous ways. The ensuing scandal enables the king and Lorca to order his exile to the New World. Don Juan escapes, but while making preparations for his departure, he notices a soldier wearing a ring that belongs to De Polan. Learning of De Polan's capture, Don Juan rides to the court to tell Margaret and the king what he knows. Against the wishes of the king, Lorca orders Don Juan's arrest, and he is taken to the fortress to be executed. Leporello and the fencing master help Don Juan escape and together they rescue De Polan. With the help of his fencing students, Don Juan overcomes Lorca and his men. Later, Margaret admits that she returns Don Juan's love, but he replies that he would never jeopardize the future of Spain by taking her away from her position. Instead, he announces that he will leave Spain because he can never have the woman he truly loves. Despite his broken heart, however, Don Juan does not give up his search for beauty and is soon pursuing another lovely young woman. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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