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romeo-and-juliet-leslie-howard-norma-shearer-1936Ah, but I do love old movie trailers…

Look at what was supposed to win an audience’s interest for Hollywood’s newest Shakespeare adaptation. The sweethearts of Smilin’ Through (though I have my doubts Romeo and Juliet can be described as smilin’ through much more than a couple of early scenes each…), the magnificent pageantry, the sensation in New York, this girl and this boy, Norma Shearer cooing to a young deer… And let us not forget the limited special popular prices…

There: Shakespeare according to Hollywood in the Thirties… Adorably quaint, naïve, and quite the window on another world.

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