A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

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Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was transferred to the screen by Warner Bros. Like most of Shakespeare's comedies, the story contains several seemingly-unrelated plotlines, all tied together by a single unifying event, in this instance the impending wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Warner Bros.

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Cast

Billy Barty
as Mustardseed
James Cagney
as Bottom
Ian Hunter
as Theseus
Victor Jory
as Oberon
Kenneth Anger
as Changeling Prince
Dick Powell
as Lysander
Frank McHugh
as Quince
Verree Teasdale
as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
Arthur Treacher
as Ninny's Tomb
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Philostrate
Anita Louise
as Titania
Ross Alexander
as Demetrius
Otis Harlan
as Starveling
Jean Muir
as Helena
Veree Teasdale
as Hippolyta, Queen of Amazons
Katherine Frey
as Pease-Blossom
Fred Sale
as Moth
Nini Theilade
as First Fairy
Nina Theilade
as Prima Ballerina Fairy
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Critic Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Dream

All Critics (9)

Bold and impressive, Reinhardt's screen version of his famous Hollywood Bowl Shakespearean production was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
EmanuelLevy.Com

...overdone, overproduced, overblown, overacted.... Shakespeare gets rather lost in the shuffle, but it's hard to deny the film isn't fun to watch.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Feast for eyes and ears Shakespeare whimsy

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Gorgeous to look at, unevenly acted.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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November 4, 2005
Boulder Weekly

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September 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Not much of a Shakespeare fan, found it rather boring. Did like the cinematography for that time period (mid 30s) very well done.

Rand Noel
Rand Noel

The nuptials of Theseus and Hippolyta are threaded by a youthful love quadrangle, a buffoonish troupe of amateur thespians, and the intervention of mischievous fairies. While this 1935 film takes many liberties with Shakespeare's script, it features some marvelous set pieces, nifty effects, and several impressive dance sequences that frame a score derived from Mendelssohn's famed ballet. The acting, especially from a hammy-even-by-Puck-standards Mickey Rooney, can be a little hit or miss at times. Still, most of the cast acquits itself nicely (Especially James Cagney as Bottom). This film isn't for Bard purists, but most others will find it to be a fun viewing experience.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

awful, boring and boring and long. ugh......

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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