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- Jul 3, 1997
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- Ronald Epstein
I've never seen this but it looks like something I'd enjoy, so I'm sure I'll pick it up at some point. I'm sure the Technicolor will be breathtaking.
Film has interesting background Warners really took a chance and it was a success overseas and did failry well in the states. Grossing nearly 5 million Robert Douglas injured in WWII had to be doubled extensively in the duel. It would be safe to assume a re-issue would have added to its gross
Great NYTs review by 'THE' Bosely Crowther Dec 25th 1948!This is a hugely enjoyable film and really the last of the buoyant Errol Flynn blockbuster swashbucklers. A definite day one purchase for me.
one time I agree with THE Bosely CrowtherGreat NYTs review by 'THE' Bosely Crowther Dec 25th 1948!
'Adventures of Don Juan,' With Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Has Premiere at Strand
Parents of adolescent youngsters should have no serious concern about their little ones being corrupted by the Warner's "Adventures of Don Juan." Neither should any random adults who may be seduced by the tag build up too much anticipation of developments generally coupled with the Don. For the simple fact is that this picture, which swept into the Strand yesterday, is a great big adventure thriller, quite as innocent as "The Adventures of Robin Hood." And although Errol Flynn does play the lover, he gives a brisk and fast brush to l'amour.Indeed, one might almost gather from the character portrayed by Mr. Flynn in this fanciful sword-and-swagger romance, all done up in rich Technicolor and costumes, that Don Juan was less of a lover than he was a United Nations man and that, although he was quite a handy swordsman, he was mainly concerned with making peace. His principal purpose in this picture seems to be to prevent a cabal of Spanish court intriguers from so managing Philip III that he will build a new Spanish Armada to go at England a second time.To be sure, in the course of this contest with the warmongers at the court, Mr. Flynn is given opportunity to dally a few times with dames. And it just so happens that his interests as a peace-maker coincide with the peaceful nature of Queen Margaret, who is quite a temptatious dish. So it naturally stand to reason that a fellow of Mr. Flynn's type—or of Don Juan's noted disposition—shouldn't let opportunities slide.But such moments are brief and plainly harmless. And, of course, the romance with the Queen is a purely platonic proposition, terminated with a grateful farewell kiss. For the most part, Mr. Flynn's activities are in a strictly business line, that business being the undoing of the enemies of peace and of the Queen.And, in carrying out this business, Mr. Flynn and the film go through some remarkably agile gymnastics of a most dashing and diverting sort. Obviously, George Oppenheimer and Harry Kurnitz, who wrote the script, had no more regard for temperance than they had for history. There's hardly a sequence in the picture which doesn't begin or end in a fight. And the bang-up mass duel at the finish, with the partisans of the Queen and Mr. Flynn hacking away at the swordsmen of the villainous Duke de Lorca through the palace halls, is a romantic battle-royal such as seldom is seen these days.To make it all the more exciting—and, indeed, quite tasteful, too—Warner Brothers have generously contributed a production of rare magnificence. The sets and costumes are exquisite—there really is no other word. And the lighting and color-photography are technically superb. If for no other reason than to take a look at the splash, we suggest you see this picture. It is something to remember old Hollywood by.As for the many performers, Mr. Flynn is, of course—well, Mr. Flynn. He acts the romantic knight-errant as he has done a dozen times before—gallantly, nobly, ideally and just a bit laughably, too. And Viveca Lindfors plays Queen Margaret with full respect for the fact that her job is as much to wear scenery as it is to act in front of same. Likewise, Robert Douglas as the villainous Duke does both—and he also chews a little, which is tasty in such a role. Romney Brent plays King Philip as though he had a vague idea that this was a subtle picture; he's too good for the role—and the cast. However, Robert Warwick, Alan Hale and all the rest don the sock and buskin, then sock for all they're worth.Vincent Sherman has directed for eye-filling pictures and speed. He hasn't got an epic but he's got a terrific Christmas tree.On the stage at the Strand are Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra.
Yup, great announcement, Max Steiner showed that he could match Korngold when it came to scoring a swashbuckler. I'll be ordering it as soon as I can
Some of us call him that here he was a legend in his own mind! A nice guy though! Two other great Times reviewers were Frank S Nugent later a screenwriter and Mordaunt Hall! Crowthers review of 1967's Bonnie and Clyde ended his careerThe Bosely Crowther or Bosley Crowther?