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Only Bette Davis and Gale Sondergaard have any fire in this otherwise plodding Warner Bros costume drama about the French attempt to colonise Mexico in the 1860s, the romance between the puppet dictator (Aherne) and the Empress Carlota (Davis), and the exploits of Juarez himself (Muni), the proponent of Mexican independence. The script, by John Huston and historical researchers, was rewritten by Muni's brother-in-law. Huston commented: 'His changes did the picture irreparable damage. In Mr Muni's estimation, his contributions to the dramatic arts were for the enrichment of the world. It was heavy going around Muni'.

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Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Dieterle
Screenwriter: Aeneas Mackenzie, John Huston, Wolfgang Reinhardt
Cast: Claude Rains
Bette Davis
Gilbert Roland
John Garfield
Brian Aherne
Joseph Calleia
Louis Calhern
Donald Crisp
Paul Muni
Gale Sondergaard
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