Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
B&W : 111 minutes
Directed by Alan Crosland (Sr.)
Cast: John Barrymore [Don Juan; and Don José], Mary Astor [Adrianna Della Varnase], Jane Winton [Beatrice], John Roche [Leandro], Warner Oland [Caesar Borgia], Estelle Taylor [Lucretia Borgia], Montagu Love [Donati], Joseph Swickard (Josef Swickard) [Duke Della Varnese], Willard Louis [Pedrillo], Nigel de Brulier [Marquis Rinaldo], Hedda Hopper [Marquise Rinaldo], Myrna Loy [Maia, Lucretia’s maid], Helene Costello [Rena, Adrianna’s maid], Phyllis Haver [Imperia], June Marlowe [Trusia], Helena D’Algy [murderess of Don José], Phillipe de Lacy [Don Juan, at age 10], Yvonne Day [Don Juan, at age 5], John George [hunchback], Lionel Braham [Duke Margoni], Helen Lee Worthing [Eleanora], Emily Fitzroy [dowager], Gustav von Seyffertitz [alchemist], Sheldon Lewis [Roman gentleman], Gibson Gowland [Roman gentleman], Dick Sutherland [Roman gentleman]
Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated, and The Vitaphone Corporation production; distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated. / Scenario by Bess Meredyth. Art direction by Ben Carré. Master of properties, A.C. Wilson. Electrical effects by F.N. Murphy. Bacchanalian art dance routines by Marion Morgan. Assistant director, Gordon Hollingshead. Cinematography by Byron Haskin. Assistant cameraman, Frank Kesson. Intertitles by Walter Anthony and Maude Fulton. Intertitles artwork by Victor Vance. Edited by Harold McCord. Original music score by William Axt. Music arrangements by David Mendoza, Major Edward Bowes and William Axt. Music performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Henry Hadley. Recording engineer, George R. Groves. / © 9 June 1926 by Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated [LP22815]. Premiered 6 August 1926 at the Warners Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 19 February 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system. / The first feature film release with Vitaphone sound. The sound version was released at 10,018 feet in 10 reels. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.1392.
Survival status: Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Crime: Murder - Death: Murder - Dual roles - Early sound film - Italy: Rome - Lucretia Borgia - Renaissance era - Synchronized sound film
Listing updated: 29 January 2009.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.1392; Baer-Film p. 71; Ball-Shakespeare pp. 299, 386; Best-Those p. 56; Bohn-Light p. 178; Brownlow-Parade pp. 569, 572; Carroll-Matinee p. 149; Drew-Speaking pp. 2, 151; Everson-American pp. 145, 291, 295, 333, 334; Everson-Detective p. 8; Geduld-Birth pp. xi, 100, 103, 109, 116-119, 122, 129-140, 142, 145-147; Higashi-Virgins pp. 81, 85; Jewell-RKO p. 9; Lahue-Collecting p. 27; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 21; Leish-Cinema p. 61; Limbacher-Feature p. 66; Maltin-Guide p. 334; Maltin-Selected p. 22; Perry-British p. 60; Ryall-Blackmail pp. 11, 12; Schelly-Langdon p. 125; Shipman-Cinema p. 90; Shirley-Australian pp. 64, 93; Smith-Colman p. 93; Sweeney-Coming pp. 92, 99; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 99, 194; Webb-Hollywood pp. 8, 149 : ClasIm-302 pp. 6, 12.
Home video: DVD.