Want to know the best Merle Oberon movies? How about the worst Merle Oberon movies? Curious about Merle Oberon box office grosses or which Merle Oberon movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Merle Oberon movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Merle Oberon (1911-1979) was an Oscar®-nominated Anglo-Indian actress. Film stardom came when she appeared in 1933’s The Private Life of Henry VIII. She starred in 29 movies from 1933 to 1948, before he career started slowing up. Her IMDb page shows 61 acting credits from 1928-1973. This page will rank 36 Merle Oberon movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.
Oberon’s seven television appearances, her 11 uncredited roles, her 4 movies not released in North America and her 1 unfinished movie (I, Claudius) were not included in the rankings. But wait…that leaves 2 movies. Ok…sadly we were unable to find box office information on 1934’s Thunder in the East and Vegabond Violinist….so they did not make the page either. This page comes from a request by Cameron and Lupino.
Merle Oberon Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Merle Oberon films by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Merle Oberon films by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Merle Oberon films by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Merle Oberon films by how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Merle Oberon film received.
- Sort Merle Oberon films by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Actual B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score||S|
|1||Wuthering Heights (1939)
AA Best Picture Nom
|Laurence Olivier||6.60||211.4||211.40||14||85||08 / 01||99.3|
|2||Desiree (1954)||Marlon Brando||12.90||250.7||250.70||15||67||02 / 00||93.4|
|3||The Lodger (1944)||George Sanders &
|6.50||180.8||180.80||41||74||00 / 00||93.1|
|4||The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
AA Best Picture Nom
|Charles Laughton||2.40||94.7||94.70||22||79||02 / 01||92.5|
|5||A Song to Remember (1945)||Paul Muni &
|6.50||171.6||171.60||44||65||06 / 00||90.9|
|6||Stage Door Canteen (1943)||Ralph Bellamy||12.40||370.7||370.70||5||54||02 / 00||88.9|
|7||These Three (1936)||Joel McCrea &
|2.80||98.7||98.70||69||82||01 / 00||86.6|
|8||The Dark Angel (1935)
AA Best Actress Nom
|Fredric March||3.00||110.6||110.60||31||72||03 / 01||85.0|
|9||Deep in my Heart (1954)||Gene Kelly &
|7.10||137.7||221.60||49||58||00 / 00||80.7|
|10||The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)||Gary Cooper &
|2.60||86.9||86.90||85||68||03 / 01||79.0|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Merle Oberon Table
- Seven Merle Oberon movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 19.44% of her movies listed. Her biggest hit was Stage Door Canteen (1943)
- An average Merle Oberon movie grosses an average of $81.70 million in adjusted domestic gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 18 Merle Oberon movies are rated as good movies…or 50.00% of her movies. Wuthering Heights (1939) was her highest rated movie while Of Love and Desire (1963) was her lowest rated movie.
- Thirteen Merle Oberon movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 36.11% of her movies.
- Five Merle Oberon movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 13.88% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 16 Merle Oberon movies scored higher than that average….or 44.44% of her movies. Wuthering Heights (1939) got the the highest UMR Score while Of Love and Desire (1963) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Merle Oberon
- Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson was born in Bombay, India in 1911.
2. The name “Merle Oberon” was the brain child of director, producer Alexander Korda. When Korda cast her in 1933’s The Private Life of Henry VIII…that was the name he billed her under.
3. Because of facial scars the actress sustained in a London car crash in 1937, her future husband, cinematographer Lucien Ballard, designed a compact spotlight that he coined the “Obie” (Oberon’s nickname). Mounted on the side of the camera, the device lights the subject head on, thus reducing the incidence of unflattering facial lines and shadows.
4. Merle Oberon was only nominated for one Oscar®. Surprisingly it was not for 1939’s Wuthering Heights….it was for 1935’s Dark Waters.
5. Merle Oberon is the only Asian actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar®.
6. Merle Oberon was married four times and had two children. Her first marriage was to director Alexander Korda. When Korda was knighted in 1941….Oberon was became Lady Korda.
7. Check out Steve’s Merle Oberon Video….
8. Check out Merle Oberon’s movie career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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