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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Wuthering Heights (1939)||Laurence Olivier||$203.90||12th of 1939||85.00%||08 / 01||77.75|
|Desiree (1954)||Marlon Brando||$241.80||10th of 1954||67.00%||02 / 00||63.29|
|The Lodger (1944)||Laird Cregar & George Sanders||$174.40||46th of 1944||71.00%||00 / 00||60.40|
|A Song to Remember (1945)||Paul Muni & Cornel Wilde||$165.50||39th of 1945||66.00%||06 / 00||59.07|
|The Dark Angel (1935)||Fredric March||$106.70||28th of 1935||72.00%||03 / 01||58.18|
|Stage Door Canteen (1943)||Ralph Bellamy||$357.50||5th of 1943||54.00%||02 / 00||57.18|
|The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)||Charles Laughton||$91.30||19th of 1933||79.00%||02 / 01||55.68|
|These Three (1936)||Joel McCrea & Walter Brennan||$95.20||61st of 1936||82.50%||01 / 00||53.94|
|Deep in my Heart (1954)||Gene Kelly & Walter Pidgeon||$132.80||26th of 1954||58.00%||00 / 00||47.84|
|The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)||Gary Cooper & Walter Brennan||$83.80||65th of 1938||68.00%||03 / 01||46.75|
|This Love Of Ours (1945)||Claude Rains||$98.90||81st of 1945||63.50%||01 / 00||45.57|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)||Leslie Howard||$56.00||68th of 1934||75.00%||00 / 00||43.93|
|Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)||Maurice Chevalier||$66.40||64th of 1935||67.00%||01 / 01||42.78|
|Beloved Enemy (1936)||Donald Crisp & David Niven||$91.80||62nd of 1936||58.50%||00 / 00||41.72|
|Divorce of Lady X (1938)||Laurence Olivier||$78.80||76th of 1938||62.50%||00 / 00||41.59|
|Forever And a Day (1943)||Ray Milland & Claude Rains||$72.10||91st of 1943||64.00%||00 / 00||41.26|
|That Uncertain Feeling (1941)||Melvyn Douglas||$57.10||118th of 1941||65.00%||01 / 00||39.80|
|Night Song (1947)||Dana Andrews & Ethel Barrymore||$75.50||91st of 1947||59.00%||00 / 00||39.43|
|First Comes Courage (1943)||Carl Esmond||$71.40||103rd of 1943||59.50%||00 / 00||39.03|
|Berlin Express (1948)||Robert Ryan||$54.10||149th of 1948||65.00%||00 / 00||38.94|
|'Til We Meet Again (1940)||George Brent||$57.90||101st of 1940||63.50%||00 / 00||38.81|
|A Night in Paradise (1946)||Gale Sondergaard & Directed by Walter Wanger||$92.80||97th of 1946||49.00%||00 / 00||37.41|
|Temptation (1946)||George Brent||$60.80||101st of 1946||58.00%||00 / 00||36.68|
|Lydia (1941)||Joseph Cotten||$31.20||137th of 1941||65.00%||01 / 00||35.79|
|Dark Waters (1944)||Franchot Tone||$55.80||114th of 1944||57.50%||00 / 00||35.67|
|The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)||Douglas Fairbanks||$28.40||113th of 1934||65.00%||00 / 00||34.95|
|Hotel (1967)||Rod Taylor & Melvyn Douglas||$53.60||31st of 1967||56.50%||00 / 00||34.87|
|Pardon My French/The Lady From Boston (1951)||Paul Henreid||$26.30||178th of 1951||56.00%||00 / 00||30.40|
|The Price of Fear (1956)||Lex Barker||$30.30||113th of 1956||53.00%||00 / 00||29.61|
|Affectionately Yours (1941)||Dennis Morgan & Rita Hayworth||$31.00||110th of 1941||49.50%||00 / 00||28.06|
|The Lion Has Wings (1939)||Ralph Richardson||$23.40||154th of 1939||50.50%||00 / 00||27.37|
|Over The Moon (1939)||Rex Harrison||$26.60||151st of 1939||43.50%||00 / 00||24.56|
|An Affair in Monte Carlo (1952)||Richard Todd||$14.20||156th of 1953||47.50%||00 / 00||24.52|
|The Oscar (1966)||Stephen Boyd & Elke Sommer||$15.70||112th of 1966||42.50%||02 / 00||23.20|
|Interval (1973)||Robert Wolders||$4.40||234th of 1973||46.00%||00 / 00||22.30|
|Of Love and Desire (1963)||Curd Jürgens||$15.10||121at of 1963||42.00%||00 / 00||22.08|
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.
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