The Private Life of Don Juan

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The Private Life of Don Juan
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alexander Korda
Produced by Alexander Korda (uncredited)
Written by Henry Bataille (play)
Frederick Lonsdale
Lajos Bíró
Starring Douglas Fairbanks
Merle Oberon
Music by Ernst Toch
Cinematography Georges Perinal
Robert LaPresle
Edited by Stephen Harrison
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
30 November 1934
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Private Life of Don Juan is a 1934 British comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon and Benita Hume. It was Fairbanks' final film role. The film is about the life of the aging Don Juan, based on the 1920 play L'homme à la Rose by Henry Bataille. It was made by Korda's London Film Productions at Elstree Studios and distributed by United Artists under an agreement Korda had recently signed with them.


After many years in exile, Don Juan returns to Seville in secret. His wife has threatened to have him thrown in prison. Next morning he is surprised to find that all the town knows he is back (not surprising really as he had a big sword fight on arrival). Rodrigo, an admirer of his, follows Don Juan everywhere, wanting to be just like him, and able to give a good impression of him. Don Juan prepares to flee to France but Rodrigo is killed by a jealous husband who believes he is Don Juan and all Seville now believes him dead. He attends his own magnificent funeral, but finds many discomforts now while pretending that Don Juan is dead, before finally sorting things out.


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