Want to know the best Norma Shearer movies? How about the worst Norma Shearer movies? Curious about Norma Shearer’s box office grosses or which Norma Shearer movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Norma Shearer movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place.
This Norma Shearer page comes from the request hotline. Over the last few months I have received numerous requests to write a page on her. When looking at her career…I quickly realized that I would have to concentrate on her career after 1928. Sadly I do not have any box office information on any of her silent movies. I did however have lots of information on her 20 “talkies”. So here you go….a look at the later part of Norma Shearer’s movie career.
Norma Shearer (1902-1983) was one of the most popular actresses from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. From 1929 to 1938 she picked up an incredible 6 Best Actress Oscar® nominations. She was the third woman ever to win a Best Actress Oscar®. She won for 1930’s The Divorcee. By 1942 she had appeared in her last movie and spent the rest of her life shunning the limelight.
Her IMDb page shows 62 acting credits from 1919-1942. She had 7 uncredited parts, 35 silent movie parts and 20 “talkie” movies. This page only ranks her 20 “talkie movies”….they are ranked by 6 different columns of sortable information.
Norma Shearer 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 Norma Shearer movies by co-stars or in some cases directors
- Sort Norma Shearer movies by adjusted box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Norma Shearer movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Norma Shearer movies by how the movie was 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 Norma Shearer movie received.
- Sort Norma Shearer movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- Use the search and sort buttons to make this table very interactive. For instance if you just want to see the Norma Shearer/Robert Montgomery movies….just type Robert Montgomery in the search box and their movies will pop right up.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adjusted B.O. Worldwide (mil)||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Marie Antoinette (1938)||Tyrone Power||$203.90||$295.00||76.50%||04 / 00||74.56|
|The Women (1939)||Joan Crawford & Joan Fontaine||$203.60||$252.10||83.50%||00 / 00||70.24|
|The Divorcee (1930)||Robert Montgomery||$109.20||$144.20||69.50%||04 / 01||64.79|
|The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)||Charles Laughton||$131.70||$219.20||71.00%||02 / 00||63.58|
|Romeo and Juliet (1936)||Leslie Howard & Directed by George Cukor||$108.10||$239.10||71.50%||04 / 00||60.96|
|A Free Soul (1931)||Clark Gable & Lionel Barrymore||$105.60||$168.60||75.00%||03 / 01||59.42|
|Their Own Desire (1930)||Robert Montgomery||$129.70||$129.70||61.00%||01 / 00||55.17|
|Smilin' Through (1932)||Leslie Howard & Fredric March||$109.90||$196.90||70.00%||01 / 00||53.33|
|Escape (1940)||Robert Taylor||$116.70||$203.70||69.00%||00 / 00||50.52|
|Hollywood Revue (1929)||Joan Crawford & Buster Keaton||$117.50||$164.40||59.00%||01 / 00||49.34|
|Idiot's Delight (1939)||Clark Gable||$140.50||$206.50||54.00%||00 / 00||47.16|
|Let Us Be Gay (1930)||Marie Dressler||$107.50||$142.50||63.50%||00 / 00||46.50|
|Private Lives (1931)||Robert Montgomery||$96.70||$124.70||64.50%||00 / 00||45.31|
|Riptide (1934)||Robert Montgomery||$113.00||$166.10||59.00%||00 / 00||45.25|
|The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)||Lewis Stone||$83.60||$102.00||67.00%||00 / 00||44.45|
|Strangers May Kiss (1931)||Robert Montgomery||$116.40||$141.60||55.50%||00 / 00||44.12|
|The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)||Basil Rathbone||$85.70||$122.20||60.50%||01 / 00||42.12|
|We Were Dancing (1942)||Melvyn Douglas & Gail Patrick||$48.30||$80.10||61.00%||00 / 00||36.16|
|Her Cardboard Lover (1942)||Robert Taylor & Directed by George Cukor||$52.90||$80.90||58.00%||00 / 00||35.46|
|Strange Interlude (1932)||Clark Gable||$104.80||$134.80||39.50%||00 / 00||34.80|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Norma Shearer Table
1. 15 of Norma Shearer’s movies crossed the magical $100 million mark. That is a percentage of 75.00% of her movies listed. Marie Antoinette (1938) was her biggest hit….just barely holding off 1939’s The Women
2. An average Norma Shearer movie grosses $114.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 14 of Norma Shearer’s movies are rated as good movies…or 70.00% of her movies. The Women (1939) was her highest rated movie while Strange Interlude (1932) was her lowest rated movie.
4. 9 of Norma Shearer’s movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 45.00% of her movies.
5. 3 of Norma Shearer’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 15.00% of her movies.
6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 17 of Norma Shearer’s movies scored higher that average….or 30.95% of her movies. Marie Antoinette (1938) got the the highest UMR Score while Strange Interlude (1932) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Norma Shearer
1. Norma Shearer’s childhood was spent in Montreal, Canada. After winning a beauty contest at age 14, Shearer’s mother took Norma and her sister to New York City in 1920 to audition for Ziegfeld’s Follies.
2. Although Shearer was rejected as a Ziegfeld Follie…she found roles as an extra in movies. By 1923 she had secured a 5 year contract with MGM.
3. Due to muscle weakness in her eyes…Norma Shearer had a cross-eyed stare.
4. Norma Shearer’s sister, Athole, married legendary director, Howard Hawks. So for 12 years Howard Hawks was Norma’s brother-in-law.
5. Norma Shearer’s brother, Douglas Shearer, was a 12 time Oscar® winner. He won his Oscars® for sound recording. Norma and Douglas were the first brother and sister to be Oscar® winners.
6. Norma Shearer was married twice. Her first marriage was to movie studio executive, Irving Thalberg. They were married from 1927 until his death in 1936. They had two children a boy and a girl. Irving Thalberg was the subject of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last novel…The Last Tycoon. Robert DeNiro played the Thalberg character in the movie…The Last Tycoon. Shearer’s second marriage was to Martin Arrouge. She was married to Arrouge from 1942 until her death.
7. Norma Shearer was offered the part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. Due to negative fan feedback…she decided to not accept the offer to play the part.
8. While staying at a ski lodge, Norma Shearer noticed a photo of the receptionist’s daughter and recommended her to MGM. The receptionist’s daughter was Jamie Lee Curtis’ mom….Janet Leigh.
9. Norma Shearer always refused to take her wedding ring off while making her movies. She preferred to cover it up with flesh-colored tape.
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