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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1935 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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

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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Storyline

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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Three Centuries In The Making ! An immortal literary classic becomes a triumph of the ages ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Dieterle had full charge as director for about a week because of a breach-of-contract suit filed against Max Reinhardt by a French film company. The judge found in favor of Reinhardt, and lifted the restraining order. 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 opening credits appear as if they were "trickling down" from the top of the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The print shown on Turner Classic Movies, and which is in the Turner Library, has an overture and exit music by Mendelssohn. It adds 9 minutes to the running time of the actual movie. See more »

Connections

Version of Quitxalla: Embolica que fa fort, Puck (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(uncredited)
(based on "Songs Without Words", op. 19, no. 6)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Words by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Anita Louise (dubbed by Carol Ellis), and James Cagney
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Mickey Rooney in this thing
5 June 2002 | by jbuck_919See all my reviews

Though another commentator disagrees, if Rooney is not the greatest Puck you've ever seen, then tell me who is. With all respect to a talented actor, the sad part is that he played his greatest role when he was, what, 14?

The greatest Shakespeare movie of all time, in my opinion. The dazzling cinematography for its age. The fact that they got the mostly American actors to speak the lines properly. That inspired scene with a fairy jazz band. The special "star spangled" effect.

The criticism that scenes are overly long is related to a more modern perception of how long a scene should be, and alas, Shakespeare is mostly unmercifully cut (look at Olivier's last "King Lear"--Branaghs "Hamlet" would be an exception). Shakespeare just wrote long scenes. You woulnd't have Juliet on the balcony just say "I love you, Romeo," and disappear.


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