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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1935 (USA)
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Two couples and a troupe of actors have an encounter with some mischievous fairies in the forest.

Writers:

William Shakespeare (by), Charles Kenyon (arranged for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Sponsored and Brought to Lubbock by American Association of University Women (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 28, 1936) See more »


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1935 proved professionally to be a big year for Ross Alexander, the young actor being groomed by Warner Brothers to be their next big star. Two of his films from that year - this one and Michael Curtiz's Captain Blood (1935) - were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. But Alexander's world started unraveling badly at the tail end of 1935, when his wife Aleta Friele (sometimes spelled "Freel") committed suicide. Speculation about her motive ranged from despair over her acting career to her having caught Alexander with another woman -- or perhaps with another man. Two years later, Alexander also took his own life, reportedly with the same gun that Friele used to kill herself. See more »

Goofs

Since this is a fantasy, and it was written in the 16th century. Should any of the characters being wearing glasses, as we see Quince the Carpenter doing? 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 Ein Sommernachtstraum (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Italian Symphony: 3rd Movement
(1833) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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A classic film of one of Shakespeare's best plays.
14 December 2005 | by ZiggyMamaSee all my reviews

What a wonderful congregation of talent! Newer versions may have color and language easier for the modern ear to understand, but lovers of Shakespeare should make a point of watching this classic! Although sometimes dim and patchy, for its time, this movie contained some very inventive visual effects, effectively drawing the viewer into the fairy world. And, considering the materials of the era, one has to wonder at the time and effort involved in the construction of the fairy costumes and environment.

James Cagney's portrayal of Bottom, the tinker, shows a seldom seen side of the actor, who is more often remembered for his tough guys and dancing roles. While wearing a full-face donkey head, he was able to convey all the emotions from fright to joy through body language.

Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Puck, the mischievous wood sprite, showed his early natural talent for mimickry and comedy that would evolve in the coming years.

Other actors, who were known but not yet as famous as they would be in later years, and stars from the earliest years of film also lent their talents to this picture. Joe E. Brown, Hugh Herbert, Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Victor Jory, Ian Hunter, and many others make this film a true Classic!


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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

Color:

Black and White (blue tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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