Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
B&W : Ten reels / 10,018 feet / 111 minutes
Directed by Alan Crosland (Sr.)
Cast: John Barrymore [Don Juan de Marana; and Don José de Marana], Mary Astor [Adrianna della Varnese], Jane Winton [Donna Isobel], John Roche [Leandro], Warner Oland [Cesare Borgia], Estelle Taylor [Lucrezia Borgia], Montague Love [Count Giano Donati], Joseph Swickard (Josef Swickard) [Duke della Varnese], Willard Louis [Pedrillo], Nigel de Brulier [Marchese Rinaldo], Hedda Hopper [Marchesa Rinaldo], Myrna Loy [Mai, Lucretia’s lady-in-waiting]; Phillipe de Lacy [Don Juan de Marana, at age 10], Yvonne Day [Don Juan de Marana, at age 5], Helena D’Algy [Donna Elvira, murderess of Don José], John George [the hunchback], Helene Costello [Rena, Adrianna’s maid], Phyllis Haver [Imperia], June Marlowe [Trusia], Lionel Braham [Duke Margoni], Helen Lee Worthing [Eleanora], Gustav von Seyffertitz [Neri, the alchemist], Emily Fitzroy [a dowager], Sheldon Lewis [a Roman gentleman], Gibson Gowland [a Roman gentleman], Dick Sutherland [a Roman gentleman]
Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated, and The Vitaphone Corporation production; distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated. / Screen play (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 1.33:1 format. Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system. / The first feature film release with Vitaphone synchronized 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: 10 February 2018.
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.