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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.

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

All Critics (11)

Everyone should see it, both those who admire and those who avoid Shakespeare. Both groups will find it beyond expectation.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Respectful of the text, exquisitely designed and lustily played, it is a model Shakespeare adaptation.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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

February 18, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

August 16, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Feast for eyes and ears Shakespeare whimsy

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

Gorgeous to look at, unevenly acted.

November 12, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Hollywood version of the bard's work first impresses one as a McDonald's version of a steak and lobster dinner might - not too tempting in the brain's imagining, but this feature drips with the magic of old European legends realized for the screen and properly translated. True, some performances are a touch jarring but, by and large, the spiritual animus of this production shines even through to today. Oberon's departure is a dream.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer


I absolutely hate overtures, and this movie has a long one! At least it doesn't have an intermission, though. I like Shakespeare, but I've never really been a fan of this story, it's really incredibly too silly, and not even that funny. What I did like was the actors and the beautiful sets and costumes. The only actor I didn't like was Rooney, he was so annoying, I couldn't stand him. Overall, a so-so movie, if you are a fan of the story, you will find it more interesting than I did.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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