Film Review: Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

Also known as: The New Adventures of Don Juan (UK)
Release Date: December 1st, 1948
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Written by: Herbert Dalmas, George Oppenheimer, Harry Kurnitz
Music by: Max Steiner
Cast: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas

Warner Bros., 110 Minutes


Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved Adventures of Don Juan. It is a swashbuckling political romance film starring one of my all-time favorites, Errol Flynn. Also, it has an amazing score and is capped off by a fantastic sword fight.

Vincent Sherman’s direction, in this film, was stellar. While he may not gel in the same way that Michael Curtiz did with Flynn, he still gets the most out of the legendary actor, as well as the other players.

Originally, Max Steiner was not set to be the man behind the film’s score but Erich Wolfgang Korngold retired while production was delayed. Adventures of Don Juan greatly benefits from Steiner’s score. The main theme is one of the best in cinema history. It is also pretty recognizable to fans of The Goonies, as it appears in that film multiple times.

Errol Flynn looks like he is having a lot of fun in this picture. His chemistry with female lead Viveca Lindfors is really good but then again, he always has great chemistry with his leading ladies. This is probably why he was the perfect choice to play Don Juan.

The villainous Duke de Lorca, played by Robert Douglas, was a perfect foil for Flynn’s Don Juan. Their final duel was close to perfection. It also added in an extra element when both men fought with swords and daggers.

The film also had good special effects and impressive stunts. In fact, the scene where Don Juan rips a gigantic flaming curtain down, in an effort to thwart off the castle guards, looked dangerous as hell.

Adventures of Don Juan is a well-weaved tapestry. Everything just works and it is an exciting movie that moves at a great pace and delivers on action and humor. It also looks beautiful in the process.

Rating: 9/10