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A GOOD CAST..........A GOOD MOVIE
- Michael Steven
THIS FILM HAS A BIT OF IMPORTANCE,HISTORICALLY SPEAKING.THIS WAS THE FIRST "OFFICIAL" RELEASE OF A FILM WITH A SOUND EFFECTS SOUNDTRACK,COURTESY OF VITAPHONE.IT HAD ALSO BEEN ABOUT A YEAR SINCE JOHN BARRYMORE"S LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE OF "HAMLET",AT THE HAYMARKET IN LONDON.BARRYMORE & MARY ASTOR,HAD BEEN SEEING EACH OTHER FOR SOME TIME.HE WANTED HER TO PERFORM WITH HIM IN "HAMLET",BUT MARY'S FATHER WOULDN'T HAVE ANY OF THAT.THIS EFFECTIVELY ENDED THEIR RELATIONSHIP.YOU WOULDN'T THINK ANYTHING WAS GOING WRONG WHEN YOU SEE THIS FILM.IT'S ALMOST HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SAME MARY ASTOR,THAT YOU'D LATER ON SEE IN"THE MALTESE FALCON",BUT IT IS.SHE'S FRIGHTFULLY ATTRACTIVE IN THIS FILM.THE WIG THAT JACK WEARS IN THIS MOVIE............I'LL PASS.HIS PERFORMANCE IS GREAT,IF NOT ABOVE & BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.A STORY I HEARD YEARS AGO WAS THAT BARRYMORE JOKINGLY SAID THAT IF FAIRBANKS(DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS),COULD DO HIS OWN STUNT WORK,SO CAN I.A REALLY GOOD CAST AS WELL...WARNER OLAND,ESTELLE TAYLOR,MONTAGUE LOVE.BY 1927,THE SILENT ERA WAS BEGINNING TO DRAW TO A CLOSE,& THINGS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN IN HOLLYWOOD.THIS IS A GOOD ,FUN,ENJOYABLE FILM.CHECK IT OUT SOMETIME.
John Barrymore is excellent in this version of Don Juan. However, the influence of Rudolph Valentino, who died in August, 1926, is very evident. Barrymore borrowed Valentino's mannerisms, mimicking (but not quite achieving) Valentino's sexual intensity, the way he kisses his leading ladies, his swagger and stance, and the way he wears his cape, exposing one shoulder (straight from "Son of the Sheik" and "Blood and Sand", both Valentino films). Mary Astor is delicate, sweet and charming, qualities you may not be aware of if you have only seen her in "The Maltese Falcon". Estelle Taylor, wife of Jack Dempsey, is wonderful as the man-hungry and vindictive Lucretia Borgia. As is the case in most of Barrymore's films, they shoot him mostly in profile, because this is his best angle. Very much worth seeing.
- Mark Sutch
This is one of the best silent films in Cinima history. The story is better than any other Don Jaun film I've seen. It's amazing how this is not on DVD, because it's an amazing movie. John Barrymore is dashing and wonderful. Great action adventure movie.