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Romeo and Juliet -- A lavish production of Shakespeares classic tragedy of young lovers from feuding families, starring Oscar-nominee Leslie Howard and Oscar-winner Norma Shearer.

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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The Age of the Cast Undercuts the Film 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:
William Randolph Hearst campaigned heavily for Marion Davies (Hearst's mistress) to star as Juliet. However, MGM thought Davies would be miscast and should only stick to comedies.See more »
Quotes:
Juliet:Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in It's Love I'm After (1937)See more »
Soundtrack:
Romeo and JulietSee more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Age of the Cast Undercuts the Film, 22 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

This version of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET was very famous in its day, and a number of critics that I greatly admire continue to praise it even now. But I must sound a dissenting note: although it has its charms, I personally found the film somewhat difficult to sit through due to the age of the cast. On the stage, Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are usually played by mature actors in full command of both Shakespearean language and their own art, and the physical distance between the stage and the audience allows the cast to create the illusion of youth. But the camera is merciless, particularly in close up, and this film production presents us with the middle-aged Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, and Basil Rathbone in roles that would be better served on the screen by much younger players.

To give the cast its due, several of the stars fought tooth and nail against making the film--most notably Leslie Howard, who even went so far as give press interviews stating that he was much too old to play Romeo in a screen production. When forced into the production by contractual obligation, Howard and his counterparts gave it their all, but sad to say the camera did not lie: they were indeed too old. Although some viewers are able to suspend disbelief to accept the stars in such youthful roles, I myself could not. I found it occasionally absurd, but more often embarrassing, with the famous balcony a case in point. All of this might be forgiven if the stars actually generated any sense of passion, but they do not--and it is really here that their ages tell, for instead of the white-hot passions of youth that lead to disaster we have instead a gentle love story with an unhappy ending.

Still, the film really is pretty to look at--it has an engraved quality in its glossy black and white--and if you close your eyes, you can enjoy the 'grand manner' readings, which is a great deal more than one can say for most cinematic Shakespearean interpretations. There is also Edna May Oliver's performance, and she is excellent in the role of Juliet's babbling nurse.

Fans of this film's stars will no doubt wish to add it to their library, and those interested in seeing how Hollywood approached Shakespeare in the 1930s will enjoy seeing it at least once--but I would hesitate to recommend this film to any one outside that circle. Most viewers will be happier with the later Franco Zefferilli version.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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