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Juarez (1939)

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Running Time
2 hours, 5 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
First National Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

Studio Franco London Films, Warner Brothers

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• Juarez (1939)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Biography, Betrayal, Prison, Deception, Suspense, Political, Military

Tagline: A Mighty King . . . A Proud Queen ! . . . pitted against a humble man who had the courage to defy the throne !

Plot: The last of the series of William Dieterle's well-made series of biopics at Warners, which included THE STORY OF EMILE ZOLA and THE LIFE OF LOUIS PASTEUR, JUAREZ was intended to convey a warning to Hitler about the danger of European incursions into Latin America. Although the film was originally supposed to focus on Maximilian, Muni's choice of the part of Juarez made it the starring role and altered the nature of the film. Hapsburg emperor Maximilian (Brian Aherne) and his high-strung wife, Carlotta (Bette Davis), arrive in Mexico in the 1850s at the behest of France's emperor Louis Napoleon III (Claude Rains), who wishes him to assume power and secure the country as a French colony. But the Europeans have severely underestimated the tremendous popularity of the Zapotec Indian statesman, who is the duly elected president. Although they are able to remove him from office with the backing of the French army, Juarez retaliates with a guerrilla force, to the surprise and consternation of Maximilian. Despite a well-intentioned attempt to show a Latin figure in a positive light, Muni's expressiveness is limited by heavy makeup, and John Garfield is seriously miscast as Porfirio Diaz, in a film that is often heavy going. Davis and Rains, however, are typically excellent in their

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 Directed by
William Dieterle
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Portrait of Jennie, The Devil and Daniel Webster
 Written by
Franz Werfel
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Paul Muni
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Bette Davis
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John Garfield
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Gilbert Roland
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Brian Aherne
I Confess, Titanic, Sylvia Scarlett
Claude Rains
Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, Notorious
Donald Crisp
The Birth of a Nation, How Green Was My Valley, Mutiny on the Bounty
 Music By
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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