A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

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Two couples and a troupe of actors have an encounter with some mischievous fairies in the forest.




  • Olivia de Havilland in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
  • Ross Alexander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
  • Ross Alexander and Jean Muir in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
  • William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
  • Max Reinhardt in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Dick Powell in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

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William Dieterle , Max Reinhardt


William Shakespeare (by), Charles Kenyon (arranged for the screen by), Mary C. McCall Jr. (arranged for the screen by)

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11 July 2003 | didi-5
Warner Bros does Shakespeare, successfully!
Max Reinhardt's theatre production, together with William Dieterle's directorial flair, brings Shakespeare to Hollywood. The ideas and effects within this vision are brilliant, although the detail has undoubtedly diminished with the wear and tear of several decades.

Best in the actors are Mickey Rooney as Puck, and Joe E Brown as Flute. James Cagney is Bottom, Anita Louise is Titania, Victor Jory is Oberon, Olivia de Havilland and Dick Powell are amongst the lovers. All are ok but nothing special. The little changeling is Kenneth Anger, who would later be vitriolic in his book 'Hollywood Babylon'.

Perhaps the best thing about this film is how it looks. It truly is magical, and you get the sense of fairies and sprites causing mischief and confusion deep in the woods. I have the feeling it would look superb in colour.

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1935 proved professionally to be a big year for Ross Alexander, the young actor being groomed by Warner Brothers to be their next big star. Two of his films from that year - this one and Michael Curtiz's Captain Blood (1935) - were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. But Alexander's world started unraveling badly at the tail end of 1935, when his wife Aleta Friele (sometimes spelled "Freel") committed suicide. Speculation about her motive ranged from despair over her acting career to her having caught Alexander with another woman -- or perhaps with another man. Two years later, Alexander also took his own life, reportedly with the same gun that Friele used to kill herself.


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.


Corrective lens were introduced in the 13th century so they could have been worn in Shakespeare's time.

Crazy Credits

The main title reads "Warner Brothers Pictures has the honor to present Max Reinhardt's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare".

Alternate Versions

The original 132-minute roadshow version of this film has been restored, shown on cable, and issued on videocassette and DVD. For many years, though, this film was shown only in its general release version, a 117-minute version painstakingly edited by the studio (so that the cuts would not be noticeable), which shifted the order of some sequences and eliminated others.The 2007 DVD release also restores the Intermission title card, not seen since the film's original roadshow release in 1935, as well as including the overture and exit music.


(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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