Don Juan (1926 film)

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Don Juan
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Warner Brothers
Written by Maude Fulton (intertitles)
Walter Anthony (intertitles)
Screenplay by Bess Meredyth
Based on Don Juan 
by Lord Byron
Starring John Barrymore
Mary Astor
Warner Oland
Music by William Axt
David Mendoza
Cinematography Byron Haskin
Editing by Harold McCord
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • August 6, 1926 (1926-08-06)
Running time 110 min.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Budget $789,963
Box office $1,258,000
First-nighters posing for the camera outside the Warners' Theater before the premiere

Don Juan is a 1926 American romantic adventure/drama film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack, though it has no spoken dialogue.[1] The film is inspired Lord Byron's 1821 epic poem of the same name. The screenplay was written by Bess Meredyth with intertitles by Maude Fulton and Walter Anthony.[2]

Don Juan stars John Barrymore as the hand-kissing womanizer.[2] The film has the most kisses in the film history, with Barrymore kissing 191 different women in the film. [3]


Production notes[edit]

George Groves, on assignment to Vitaphone, was charged with recording the soundtrack to the film. He devised an innovative, multi-microphone technique and performed a live mix of the 107-strong orchestra. In doing so he became the first music mixer in film history.


Don Juan's was produced at a cost of $789,963, the largest budget of any Warner Bros. film up to that point. It premiered in New York City on August 6, 1926. The music was played by the New York Philharmonic.

Status and home media release[edit]

A print of Don Juan still survives and is preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[3] In 2011, the film was released on manufactured-on-demand DVD by the Warner Archive Collection.[4]


  1. ^ Stephens, E. J.; Wanamaker, Marc (2010). Early Warner Bros. Studios. Arcadia Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 0-738-58091-0. 
  2. ^ a b White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-520-20969-9. 
  3. ^ a b Don Juan at database
  4. ^ Don Juan DVD release at

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