Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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Director: George Cukor

Cast: George Cukor, Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore

     
 

Director George Cukor and producer Irving G. Thalberg's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, a lavish production of Shakespeare's tale about two star-crossed lovers, is extremely well-produced and acted. In fact, it is so well-done, that it is easy to forget that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer are too old to be playing the title characters.See more details below

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Director George Cukor and producer Irving G. Thalberg's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, a lavish production of Shakespeare's tale about two star-crossed lovers, is extremely well-produced and acted. In fact, it is so well-done, that it is easy to forget that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer are too old to be playing the title characters.

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the classic story of two doomed lovers from rival clans, was a favorite subject of filmmakers throughout the 20th century, with more than a dozen different feature versions. One of the best was MGM's big-budget, glossy production of 1936, overseen by George Cukor, one of Hollywood's most respected directors. It was a pet project of producer Irving Thalberg, who cast his wife, Norma Shearer, as Juliet. Shearer, then 32, was too old for the part, as was 43-year-old Leslie Howard as Romeo (just two years later, he would play a crusty middle-aged professor in Pygmalion). Fredric March, Robert Donat, and Robert Montgomery reportedly all turned down the starring role before it was offered to Howard. But Howard and Shearer used mesmerizing acting to try to overcome the age problem, and Shearer was nominated for an Oscar, as was Basil Rathbone as Tybalt. John Barrymore also steals scenes with a riveting performance as Mercutio. Romeo and Juliet was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture, losing to The Great Ziegfeld.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0012569795273
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Vintage short: Master Will Shakespeare; Classic cartoon: Little Cheeser; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norma Shearer Juliet
Leslie Howard Romeo
John Barrymore Mercutio
Edna May Oliver Nurse to Juliet
Basil Rathbone Tybalt
C. Aubrey Smith Lord Capulet
Andy Devine Peter
Ralph Forbes Paris
Reginald Denny Benvolio
Maurice Murphy Balthasar
Conway Tearle Prince of Verona
Henry Kolker Friar Lawrence
Robert Warwick Lord Montague
Virginia Hammond Lady Montague
Anthony Marsh Mercutio's Page
Jeanne Hart Actor
Charles Bancroft Actor
Carlyle Blackwell Tybalt's Page
John Bryan Friar John
Lita Chevret Bit
Wallis Clark Town Watch
Katherine de Mille Rosalind
Harold Entwistle Nobleman
Dorothy Granger Bit
Anthony Kemble-Cooper Gregory Capulet
Jose Rubio Nobleman
Howard Wilson Abraham Montague
Ian Wolfe Apothecary
Vernon P. Downing Samson Capulet
Lon McCallister Choir member

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Booth Editor
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Agnes de Mille Choreography
Cedric Gibbons Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Frederic Hope Production Designer
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Oliver Messel Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
William Strunk Consultant/advisor
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Romeo and Juliet
1. Credits [2:39]
2. Two Households [3:48]
3. Street Fight [4:04]
4. Juliet's Suitor [4:26]
5. Invitation [3:30]
6. Mercutio on Queen Mab [3:54]
7. Revels on Juliet [5:43]
8. Love Spring From Hate [6:55]
9. Soft, What Light [3:34]
10. Balcony Rendezvous [6:54]
11. Such Sweet Sorrow [2:03]
12. Gross Behavior [5:52]
13. What Says My Love? [4:17]
14. Secret Ceremony [3:20]
15. Mercutio vs. Tybalt [4:10]
16. Plague on Both Houses [2:35]
17. Romeo vs. Tybalt [2:24]
18. Lovers' Torment [8:07]
19. Their Night Together [4:17]
20. Her Ill-Divining Soul [2:52]
21. No Pity for Juliet [4:34]
22. Friar's Remedy [4:58]
23. Pestilence [1:22]
24. I Drink to Thee [5:01]
25. Discovered "Dead" [5:21]
26. I Will Lie With Thee [3:07]
27. Romeo vs. Paris [5:46]
28. With a Kiss I Die [2:37]
29. Joined in Death [4:01]
30. Hands Across Households [2:01]

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