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Private Life of Don Juan, The (London 1934, Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon)



Douglas Fairbanks stars as the aging Don Juan, once the world’s greatest lover, now quietly married and retired from the romance game. He returns to Seville, his old hunting grounds, only to find a younger man using his identity to seduce bored housewives. Seeking to re-establish his reputation, he begins an affair with a local dancer.

In the final years of his career, Douglas Fairbanks owned shares in Alexander Korda’s London Films. In the early 1930s he announced that he would make a number of British Films with Korda, however only one, The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), was released. The tepid response at the box office ended Fairbanks’s screen career.

production details
UK | London – United Artists | 89 minutes | 1934

Producer and Director: Alexander Korda
Director of Photography: Georges Perinal
Editor: Stephen Harrison
Music: Muir Mathieson
Script: Lajos Biro, Frederick Lonsdale, Arthur Wimperis
Production Design: Vincent Korda

Douglas Fairbanks as Don Juan
Merle Oberon as Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
Bruce Winston as Manager of The Black Cat
Melville Cooper as Leporello
Gibson Gowland as Don Alfredo, Carmen’s Poor Husband
Benita Hume as Dona Dolores, a Lady of Mystery
Gina Malo as Pepita, Another Dancer of Equal Temperament
Binnie Barnes as Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple
Owen Nares as Antonio Martinez, an Actor as Actors Go
Heather Thatcher as Anna Dora, an Actress as Actresses Go
Diana Napier as A Lady of Sentiment
Joan Gardner as Carmen, a Young Lady of Romance
Barry MacKay as Rodrigo, the Impostor, a Man of Romance (as Barry Mackay)
Claud Allister as The Duke, as Dukes Go (as Claude Allister)
Athene Seyler as Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment