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Romeo and Juliet (1936) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg.

Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorBasil RathboneNominated
Best ActressNorma ShearerNominated
Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, Fredric Hope, Edwin B. WillisNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated

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Romeo and Juliet (1936) (2)

By Beatrice on Aug 24, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Romeo and Juliet Directed by George Cukor Adapted by Talbot Jennings from the play by William Shakespeare 1936/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing This lavish production of the Shakespearian tragedy has a lot going for it but is marred by some inappropriate casting. ?With Leslie Howard as Romeo,... Read full article

Romeo and Juliet (1936) (1)

By RBuccicone on Aug 27, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Romeo and Juliet (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) ???? I have been avoiding the various incarnations of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for a number of years based on the conclusion that the story is far too compelling and therefore horribly depressing. My aversion, to put it simply... Read full article

Romeo and Juliet (1)

By Alyson on Aug 9, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Franco Zeffirelli?s Romeo and Juliet is usually the more favored film version of Shakespeare’s play. ?The filming feels wonderfully modern, while only showing us a long ago period. ?The actors are young, full of uninhibited youthful energy, just as their characters are. ?Best of all, this vers... Read full article

Romeo and Juliet (1936) (3)

By Judy on Sep 18, 2010 From Movie Classics

The last Shakespeare production I wrote about was Orson Welles’ moody take on Macbeth. ?George Cukor’s movie of Romeo and Juliet was made only 12 years earlier, but seems to belong to another world. Where Welles’ Poverty Row film looks rough around the edges, Cukor’s gives th... Read full article

Romeo and Juliet (2)

By Alyson on Apr 27, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

I knew I had seen this one before!? Many high school freshmen read Romeo and Juliet (though few appreciate it) and my teacher decided to show us this film in class.? I was lucky enough to be in the far corner of the room where I slept through most of the film and joined in with the kids around me to... Read full article

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Juliet: Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?

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Facts about

In The Hollywood Revue of 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.
One minor complaint about this film version, according to many fans of the play, would be that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer were physically too old to portray teenage lovers. At the time of this film's release, Howard was 43 years old; Shearer was 34 years old.
The role of Romeo was turned down by Laurence Olivier.
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