IMDb > Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Romeo and Juliet
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Romeo and Juliet (1936) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
6.8/10   1,046 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
William Shakespeare (play)
Talbot Jennings (adaptation)
Contact:
View company contact information for Romeo and Juliet on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Top Stars In Lavish, Intelligent Production See more (35 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)
Create a character page for: ?

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
125 min
Country:
Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Norma Shearer plays Juliet in a comedy skit, with then-screen idol John Gilbert as Romeo. In the skit, they are being "directed" by Lionel Barrymore. After performing the famous "balcony scene" together, they get a "phone call" from "The Boss" (i.e. producer Irving Thalberg, Norma's husband), who tells them to jazz up the language in the scene, and try to make it more appealing to modern audiences. Shearer and Gilbert try a version of the balcony scene using 1920's slang (i.e. "Julie, baby, I'm ga-ga over you!"), but quickly agree that you can't improve the original language of Shakespeare.See more »
Quotes:
Juliet:Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Romeo & Juliet (1978) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Romeo and JulietSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Top Stars In Lavish, Intelligent Production, 8 July 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

ROMEO AND JULIET, the scions of old Verona's two most powerful families, become the playthings of fate & the fools of fortune.

This was a Very Big Film for MGM in 1936. No (reasonable) expenses spared. Not only was the Studio tackling The Bard for the first time in a major way, but the extreme celebrity of the original play guaranteed a great deal of public attention. Several choice roles were available for MGM's brightest stars and the part of Juliet would be the desire of every young actress on the lot.

Almost predictably the role went to Norma Shearer, who, as Irving Thalberg's wife, could almost pick & choose what she (or Irving) wanted. However, it should be stated at once that she is splendid in the role. Sweetly demure, innocent, apprehensive, fiercely protective of her love & recklessly heedless of her fate - she is Shakespeare's heroine.

She is matched by Leslie Howard's Romeo. A bit giddy at first with puppy love, he quickly matures into a tender lover & vengeful killer, finally willing, like Shearer, to forego all of his Catholic teaching and commit self-murder, thus dooming himself to Perdition.

Although decades too old for their roles (Juliet was 12, Miss Shearer 34; Romeo about 16, Mr. Howard was 43) they understand and speak their lines much more beautifully & proficiently than any teenager. Shakespeare's lines are really verse of a high order and demands skill & maturity. Howard & Shearer certainly have no problem there. Nor were they the only members of the cast whose ages were rather past the prime.

In his only feature length Shakespearean film, John Barrymore amply displays his celebrated talent in a bravura performance as an aging, sottish Mercutio. Barrymore understood the character thoroughly and he turns this strange, brilliant man into one of the film's chief treasures. Interestingly, much of his dialogue is rather scatological & gross, but being Shakespeare it seems to have flown under the radar of the Hays Office.

Edna May Oliver steals nearly every scene she's in as Juliet's waspish, eccentric Nurse. Basil Rathbone makes a fiery, insolent Tybalt. Reginald Denny adds a touch of distinction in the throwaway role of Benvolio, while wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith & Violet Kemble Cooper are colorful as Juliet's parents.

At first blush, Andy Devine seems an odd choice for a Shakespearean production, but he is very competent as the Nurse's simpleminded servant.

Somewhat lost in this excellent cast is English actor Ralph Forbes in the rather thankless role of the County Paris. His is a somewhat sad story. Although replete with talent & charm, he still never quite reached the top echelons of stardom. He would have made a great Romeo.

Movie mavens will spot Katherine DeMille as the fair Rosaline (her cousin Agnes de Mille was the film's choreographer) and Ian Wolfe as the impoverished apothecary, both uncredited.

The film has wonderful production values - the sets, costumes and background score (borrowing themes from Tchaikovsky) all of the highest quality. For a small chuckle, watch closely during Juliet's dance at the Capulet ball - one of the dancers behind her steps on her dress hem and nearly trips. It's very fast, but worth catching.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (35 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Those tunics ath-11
HEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLP!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! gotAfireINmyBRAIN
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Romeo and Juliet Romeo + Juliet Hamlet Robin and Marian Hamlet
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.