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Adventures of Don Juan

Adventures of Don Juan(1949)


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Scholars believe that Don Juan's real name was Migul de Manara. According to an April 18, 1944 Los Angeles Examiner news item, writer John Taintor Foote had prepared a screenplay for the studio. His contribution to the final script is undetermined. Adventures of Don Juan was slated for production in 1945, according to Warner Bros. interoffice memos reproduced in a modern source. The memos add that Raoul Walsh and Jean Negulesco were at different times assigned to direct the film, which was postponed for various reasons, including a lengthy industry strike. Negulesco was dropped when Vincent Sherman was assigned at Errol Flynn's request, according to Warner Bros. memos. A December 26, 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that more than 5,200 costumes were made for the film, including fifteen for Viveca Lindfors, eighteen for Robert Douglas, twelve for Romney Brent and eleven for Alan Hale. Their efforts earned Leah Rhodes, Travilla and Marjorie Best an Oscar for Best Costume Design. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in a color picture. One hundred and thirteen sets were constructed, according to a January 2, 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item. Production shut down between 14 January and January 28, 1948 when Errol Flynn developed influenza. According to studio memos reprinted in a modern source, the film used some stock shots from The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0021, F3.3546). A modern source notes that William Faulkner worked on the screenplay. Among the many films made about Don Juan are the 1906 French film Don Juan; the 1926 Warner Bros. film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor and directed by Alan Crosland (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1392); and The Private Life of Don Juan, released by United Artists in 1934, which starred Douglas Fairbanks and Merle Oberon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.5439).