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Romeo and Juliet (1936)




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This lavish production of Shakespeare's tale about two star-crossed lovers is extremely well-produced and performed. 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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Shakespeare, Comedies of William Shakespeare, Talbot Jennings
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2007


Edna May Oliver
as Nurse to Juliet
C. Aubrey Smith
as Lord Capulet
Henry Kolker
as Friar Lawrence
Maurice Murphy
as Balthasar
Conway Tearle
as Prince of Verona
Virginia Hammond
as Lady Montague
Robert Warwick
as Lord Montague
Ian Wolfe
as Apothecary
Anthony Kemble-Coope...
as Gregory Capulet
Carlyle Blackwell
as Tybalt's Page
Anthony Marsh
as Mercutio's Page
Howard Wilson
as Abraham Montague
John Bryan
as Friar John
Wallis Clark
as Town Watch
Vernon P. Downing
as Samson Capulet
Lon McCallister
as Choir member
Josť Rubio
as Nobleman
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Critic Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The problem lies in the casting.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Movie Metropolis

The film has some merits, though Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard were simply too old to play Shakespeare's juvenile lovers.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006

[It] doesn't hold a candle to Franco Zeffirelli's nearly flawless 1968 version, but it [is] the best Shakespeare film before Laurence Olivier started making them.

Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Goatdog's Movies

The stars are too old, but it's a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance.

October 31, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Romeo and Juliet


Classy production but both Norma and Leslie are at the very least 15 years too old for their roles.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Although Norma Shearer (at 37) and Leslie Howard (at 42) were far too old to play the teenage star-crossed lovers, they both did such a wonderful job of showing their love and devotion for each other that you can forgive them. The balcony scene, with the fairyland sets lit by moonlight, is as romantic as anything you'll ever see. Norma Shearer should get more credit these days than she does. She was truly a marvelous actress, but for some reason she doesn't share the same fame as other actresses of the era such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow or Myrna Loy. It's a shame, because I've never seen her give a bad performance. Of the other performers, John Barrymore as Mercutio and Basil Rathbone as Tybalt stand out. And take a gander at a VERY young Andy Devine in an early role as the Nurse's assistant. A first class production all around.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

The Cukor Romeo and Juliet is probably one of the worst adaptations. Here we have elderly actors desperately trying to be youthful in their escapades. A big bore.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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