Adventures of Don Juan

The Adventures of Don Juan

Director: Vincent Sherman, Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas

Cast: Vincent Sherman, Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas

     
 
Though Errol Flynn was well past his prime (and obviously well lubricated in certain scenes), he rises to the occasion of The Adventures of Don Juan with a spirited, athletic performance. As fabled Spanish swashbuckler/lover Don Juan, Flynn spends the early portions of the film romancing willing young ladies and dueling with jealous husbands. Spain's Queen

Overview

Though Errol Flynn was well past his prime (and obviously well lubricated in certain scenes), he rises to the occasion of The Adventures of Don Juan with a spirited, athletic performance. As fabled Spanish swashbuckler/lover Don Juan, Flynn spends the early portions of the film romancing willing young ladies and dueling with jealous husbands. Spain's Queen Margaret (Viveca Lindfors) assigns Don Juan to head the royal fencing academy to keep him out of trouble. When scheming Duke de Lorca (Robert Douglas) plots to topple the monarchy, it is Don Juan's eager young fencing pupils who come to the rescue. Though a troubled production (filming was habitually halted due to Flynn's precarious physical condition and by constant changes and replacements in production personnel),The Adventures of Don Juan moves swiftly and enjoyably from start to finish, abetted by a rousing, semi-satirical Max Steiner musical score, which has since been heard in such 1980s films as Zorro, the Gay Blade and Goonies. Incidentally, Errol Flynn is doubled in the famous leap from the head of a long staircase by stunt expert Jock Mahoney.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Accompanied by trusted sidekick Alan Hale and an appropriately lush Max Steiner score, Errol Flynn returns to what he did best, full-blooded swashbuckling romance. And, happily, with the now accustomed tongue firmly planted in cheek. The same, alas, can not be said for leading lady Viveca Lindfors, whose Queen of Spain is unnecessarily arch, or Robert Douglas who, as the villainous De Lorca, hardly lives up to such glorious 1930s predecessors as Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains. Yet despite these caveats, director Vincent Sherman and the Warner Bros. award-nominated set designers craft an exhilaratingly old-fashioned adventure yarn featuring a Don Juan who is more action than amour. Costume designers Travilla, Leah Rhodes and Marjorie Best earned well-deserved Academy Awards and there are amusing cameos by a young Raymond Burr, as an evil captain of the guard, and future Search for Tomorrow star Mary Stuart, as an unfaithful wife.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
UPC:
0012569796225
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and historian Rudy Behlmer; Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel; Oscar-nominated Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be on the Radio; Oscar-nominated travel short Calgary Stampede; Classic cartoon Hare Splitter; Trailers of Adventures of Don Juan and 1948's Silver River; Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Don Juan de Marana
Viveca Lindfors Queen Margaret
Robert Douglas Duke de Lorca
Raymond Burr Captain Alvarez
Romney Brent King Philip II
Alan Hale Leporello
Ann Rutherford Donna Elena
Robert Warwick Count de Polan
Jerry Austin Don Sebastian
Douglas Kennedy Don Rodrigo
Jeanne Shepherd Donna Carlotta
Mary Stuart Catherine
Helen Westcott Lady Diana
Fortunio Bonanova Don Serafino
Aubrey Mather Lord Chalmers
Una O'Connor Duenna
David Leonard Innkeeper
Leon Belasco Don de Cordoba
Monte Blue Turnkey
Pedro de Cordoba Pacheco
G.P. Huntley Catherine's Husband
Margaret Rutherford Actor

Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Elwood Bredell Cinematographer
Edward Carrere Production Designer
Alan Crosland Editor
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Wald Producer
William Faulkner Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Adventures of Don Juan
1. Credits and Foreword [2:12]
2. Lady and Grouse Hunters [4:38]
3. Escort to London [3:05]
4. Diana Remembers [5:15]
5. Thy Name Is Trouble [2:55]
6. Useful to Spain [3:34]
7. Carving Lesson [4:50]
8. Portrait of Phillip [3:19]
9. Empire Builder [4:21]
10. Conflicting Reports at Count [6:41]
11. Count De Polan Jailed [5:53]
12. Fencing Demonstration [4:35]
13. Interlude With the Queen [2:47]
14. De Lorca's Cutting Remarks [3:49]
15. Don Juan Dismissed [6:32]
16. Getting Warm [3:57]
17. Caught in the Act Again [3:39]
18. Banished [4:39]
19. Ring of Truth [4:09]
20. De Lorca Takes Charge [2:12]
21. Friendly Friars [:12]
22. Rescuing De Polan [5:22]
23. Her Own Death Warrant [4:09]
24. Infiltrating the Palace [2:59]
25. Steel and Flame [3:56]
26. Duel to the Death [2:13]
27. Farewell to the Queen [3:26]
28. More of It in Me [3:26]

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