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William Shakespeare (play)
Talbot Jennings (adaptation)
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Release Date:
3 September 1936 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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The Best of Cinema's ROMEO AND JULIETs 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)
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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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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:
According to syndicated film news columnist Eileen Percy, Leslie Howard made it a point to have his own blond hair in the film, rather than dye his hair or wear a dark wig to give him a more Italian appearance. The MGM research department confirmed that there were "not only blonds but many redheads to be found in Verona" at the time: "Romeo, far from being the dark Latin type, was in all probably a Lombard, with blond hair and blue eyes".See more »
Quotes:
Juliet:Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Letters to Juliet (2010)See more »
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Romeo and JulietSee more »

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The Best of Cinema's ROMEO AND JULIETs, 5 May 2004
Author: EightyProof45 from New Jersey

This is quite simply the best version of Shakespeare's beloved tragic drama that has ever hit the screen. A quintessential problem with the play is that its characters are not at all well-suited to film. The stage allows middle-aged experienced actors to play the parts, for the distance between an audience and actor on the stage can supply all necessary illusion. The intimacy of the camera makes a demand, however: either sacrifice this understanding for youth or sacrifice the youth for understanding. The title characters are supposedly meant to be only in their mid-teens, but to successfully portray them, an experienced mentality is needed, and so it is imperative that the latter sacrifice be made. On film, rarely does the depth the two characters require come forth, instead substituted with this youthful energy. This has allowed plenty of young, age-appropriate actors to deliver perfectly horrible performances as the young lovers. When Franco Zeferelli produced his overrated version of this tale in the 60s, he cast Olivia Hussey and Juliet and Leonard Whitting as Romeo...and the two made Romeo and Juliet teenagers with no sense of real love and instead horny teenage lust. By casting Norma Shearer (around 36) and Leslie Howard (over 40) as the two, M-G-M lost the supreme youth, but gained a near-perfect asset of understanding of the characters. Shearer's delivery is perfect, particularly in the spine-tingling rendition of Juliet's death-contemplation monologue just before she takes the poison. Leslie Howard nearly matches her with his Romeo, throwing some lines at the audience in a totally new, fresh, and unexpected way. Edna May Oliver perfectly captures Shakespeare's Nurse, filling her with both bawdy humor and genuine care for Juliet's well-being. As Tybalt, a role cut down from the original length but nonetheless impressive, Basil Rathbone is astonishing; he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work here. Also of note is John Barrymore, whom I have read was at times totally ossified while filming his scenes. His age really shows, and he is no longer the leading Baron from Grand Hotel, but his controversial performance is, if not to all minds good, at least totally engrossing. He was at a time the most celebrated of all Shakespearean stage actors, and this film marks his only completely recorded performance in a sound film of the Bard's work; this makes the film further noteworthy. To add to this pedigree cast, M-G-M put their top technical men on the job. Adrian and Cedric Gibbons perfectly capture the look and flavor of the play with their elegant costumes and sets. The art deco, sleek look ingeniously blends modern architecture with what is expected from Shakespeare's day. The camerawork is brilliant also, and Herbert Stothart's blend of Tchaikalvski's haunting Love Theme and original music creates just the perfect musical score. All of these elements combine to create the first truly great Shakespearean film adaptation, and also one of the best films of the era, period. Far superior to Zeferelli's version, and any other one I've seen, George Cukor's Romeo and Juliet is another masterpiece from one of the all-time great directors, who helmed such classic, well-regarded productions as Dinner at Eight, David Copperfield, The Philadelphia Story, and Adam's Rib.

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