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Midsummer Night's Dream (A)

USA, English, 142 mins

  • Director: William Dieterle; Max Reinhardt
  • Writer: William Shakespeare; Charles Kenyon
  • Producer: Henry Blanke; Hal B. Wallis

CGiii Comment

The overture lasts, needlessly, for over 6 minutes......and then you have to sit through the elongated titles.

Many fair things have been said about this opulent production - no-one seems to mind the shocking shimmering costumes, the horrendous musical numbers and the downright rotten acting.

Shakespeare is still spinning in his grave at the vulgar liberties taken - Mickey Rooney, a child that deserved a good smack - annoying to the nth degree.

 

Cast & Characters

Ian Hunter as Theseus, Duke of Athens;
Verree Teasdale as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus;
Hobart Cavanaugh as Philostrate, Master of Revels to Theseus;
Dick Powell as Lysander, In love with Hermia;
Ross Alexander as Demetrius, In love with Hermia;
Olivia de Havilland as Hermia, In love with Lysander;
Jean Muir as Helena, In love with Demetrius;
Grant Mitchell as Egeus, Father to Hermia;
Frank McHugh as Quince, the Carpenter;
Dewey Robinson as Snug, the Joiner

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