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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:
Fine Cast & Lavish Production 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:
In a separately filmed theatrical trailer, Clark Gable and Nelson Eddy are seen at the microphone telling a radio audience the glories of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Juliet:Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hobak nar (2004)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fine Cast & Lavish Production, 21 November 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The fine cast and production make this adaptation of "Romeo & Juliet" a satisfying one, both as a movie and as a realization of Shakespeare's play. Most of the cast is matched up very well with their characters, and the lavish settings provide a good backdrop for the drama.

Although it's soon clear that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer are quite a bit older than the original characters were, in other respects they are well cast. Shearer's eager innocence and Howard's refinement fit together well, and although they are clearly not the teenage characters of the original, their romance is believable and convincing in itself.

The other roles include some nice casting. Reginald Denny as the loyal Benvolio, Basil Rathbone as the hard-hearted Tybalt, and Edna May Oliver as Juliet's bustling nurse are all enjoyable to watch. But the highlight of the cast is John Barrymore, who steals every scene as the fun-loving, ill-fated Mercutio, a character who is well-suited to Barrymore's strengths. It's a blessing that at least one of Barrymore's numerous Shakespearean roles was captured in a film for posterity.

The script abridges many of the scenes for cinematic purposes, and it does well in fleshing out the basic story with the duels, festivities, and other events, at times also dramatizing developments that in the original text are only mentioned by the characters. Overall, it is a well-conceived, well-executed, and enjoyable movie version of the famous story.

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