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Writers:
William Shakespeare (play)
Talbot Jennings (adaptation)
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Release Date:
3 September 1936 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Scenes of combat that will stir your pulse...tender haunting romance that will stay ever fresh in your memory...spectacular beauty that will set a feast for your eyes...in the greatest melodramatic romance of all time...presented as it has never been before...the final glorious flower of motion picture achievement.
Plot:
Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
An English teacher shares her views See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Juliet - Daughter to Capulet

Leslie Howard ... Romeo - Son to Montague

John Barrymore ... Mercutio - Kinsman to the Prince and Friend to Romeo
Edna May Oliver ... Nurse to Juliet

Basil Rathbone ... Tybalt - Nephew to Lady Capulet

C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Capulet

Andy Devine ... Peter - Servant to Juliet's Nurse
Conway Tearle ... Escalus - Prince of Verona
Ralph Forbes ... Paris - Young Nobleman Kinsman to the Prince
Henry Kolker ... Friar Laurence
Robert Warwick ... Lord Montague
Virginia Hammond ... Lady Montague - Wife to Montague

Reginald Denny ... Benvolio - Nephew to Montgue and Friend to Romeo
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Lady Capulet - Wife to Capulet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bancroft ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Dean Benton ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Tybalt's Page (uncredited)
John Bryan ... Friar John (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Town Watch (uncredited)
Katherine DeMille ... Rosaline (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Samson - Servant of the House of Capulet (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Fryda Gagne ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Capulet Guard-Escort (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jeanne Hart ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Ronald Howard ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... Gregory - Servant of the House of Capulet (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Mercutio's Page (uncredited)
Lon McCallister ... Minor Secondary Role (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Balthasar (uncredited)
José Rubio ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Howard Wilson ... Abraham - Servant of the House of Montague (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Apothecary (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Talbot Jennings (adaptation)

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Cedric Gibbons (settings)
Oliver Messel (settings)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian 
Oliver Messel 
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate settings
Oliver Messel .... artistic consultant
Edwin B. Willis .... associate settings
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fred Cavens .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Agnes de Mille .... dance director
William Strunk Jr. .... literary consultant (as Professor William Strunk Jr.)
Fred Cavens .... sword fight arranger (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... press representative (uncredited)
John O'Donnell .... technical advisor: church sequences (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2216)

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Trivia:
Because she wanted to play the Nurse in this film, Edna May Oliver turned down Universal's offer to reprise her stage role of Parthy Ann Hawks in the 1936 film version of Show Boat (1936). The Nurse turned out to be Oliver's only Shakespearean role.See more »
Quotes:
Juliet:Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Viva la clase media (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Romeo and JulietSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
An English teacher shares her views, 7 June 2003
Author: Mistresschaosia (beccas_best@yahoo.com) from Texas, United States

While I was looking for new materials to help teach "Romeo and Juliet," I found the 1936 version of the play and naturally I was intrigued. I'm assuming that most people know the basic plot and have seen other versions of the film, if this is not the case you may want to stop reading and keep the surprise for viewing.

This version is faithful if not to the exact order of all the dialogue then to the acts and scenes written by Shakespeare. For those teachers that are looking for a version that explains how the letter from Friar Lawrence never reaches Romeo and the reaction of the local populace to "Plague," this is the version that does it very well. Not only do we learn why Friar John never gets to Romeo but we also get the death duel between Romeo and Paris, a scene that has been cut out of every other version I've seen. Plus we get the closing moment of peace between the families. However, the death of Lady Montague is omitted.

The movie leaves a little to be desired by modern audiences and the typical class of high school freshman many need some heavy prep work to get them ready to view "black and white" and "old" as something other than "lame." But, I think that segments of the film would be well worth showing to the class and viewed as a treat and not a torture when it's not the whole product being shoved down in one lump.

I recommend checking it out as an additional resource to add a balanced movie perspective to the characters Shakespeare created. The main problem with it is the age of the actors playing the parts of all these young people. Leslie Howard is 40 years old. Norma Shearer must be of a similar age and it shows in some of the scenes. The age of the people supposedly playing teenagers does strain credibility and at times the acting leaves a lot to be desired. They don't convincingly play "passion." You can chalk the overall feeling of muted emotion to the era because at times the emotions do come through brilliantly.

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