Norma Shearer: Articles


Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking

Ernst Lubitsch movies: Subtle, sophisticated 'Touch' all but gone from contemporary filmmaking. Ernst Lubitsch movies: The forgotten, passé 'Touch' Ernst Lubitsch and William Cameron Menzies were Turner Classic Movies' “stars” on Jan. 28, '16. (This is a fully revised and expanded version of a post published that day.) Lubitsch had […]


Norma Shearer: 'Queen of MGM' & 'Liberated Woman'

Norma Shearer movies: Hollywood's early 'liberated woman' remembered. A top movie star of the 1920s and 1930s, Norma Shearer was known as the 'Queen of MGM.' Norma Shearer movies: Early 'liberated woman' & Best Actress Academy Award winner was the 'Queen of MGM' For decades a largely forgotten name, in […]


Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, […]


Ramon Novarro: Gay 'Latin Lover' Was First Hispanic Hollywood Superstar

Ramon Novarro. Ramon Novarro: Mexican-born actor was first Latin American Hollywood superstar Mexican-born actor Ramon Novarro, the original Ben-Hur and one of MGM's biggest stars of the late '20s and early '30s, has his Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day on Thursday, Aug. 8. First, The Bad News: […]


Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck, Ramon Novarro & Jane Powell Movies

Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer in Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg As a William & Kate tie-in, Turner Classic Movies is showing several royal weddings, romances, escapades, and heartbreaks this evening. Stanley Donen's Royal Wedding (1951), starring Jane Powell, Fred Astaire, and Peter Lawford, is just about over. […]


Ramon Novarro 'The Student Prince' & Pedro Infante 'Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra': TCM Mexican Stars

Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro, Jean Hersholt in Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Turner Classic Movies' Hispanic Heritage Month celebration continues with the showing of one silent film starring Mexican heartthrob Ramon Novarro, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927), and the Mexican period drama Mexicanos al grito […]


Norma Shearer Movies: From Ramon Novarro to Clark Gable

Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer in Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (top); Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, second husband Martin Arrouge (bottom) Norma Shearer may not be a household name today, but back in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s all the way to the early 1940s, Shearer's […]


'The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg': Ramon Novarro-Norma Shearer Movie Classic

Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg The theme of a prince who gives up the girl he loves in order to fulfill his royal duty has been tried many times, but Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg is the best. The plot is simple […]


Tyrone Power Interview with Researcher Maria Ciaccia: Fox Superstar's Hollywood Career

Tyrone Power: Q&A with researcher Maria Ciaccia about one of the biggest film stars of the 20th century Among the romantic leading men of the studio era, Tyrone Power, 20th Century Fox's top male star from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s, is my favorite. He wasn't the best actor […]


Irving Thalberg - MGM 'Boy Wonder': Author Mark Vieira Discusses 'Hollywood Dreams Made Real'

Author and photographer Mark A. Vieira (right), who has been a friend for a number of years, has recently written no less than two books on Irving G. Thalberg, the young MGM mogul whose high-quality productions earned him both a reputation as Hollywood's “Boy Wonder” and a special place in […]


Forbidden Hollywood: Racy Pre-Code Movies

The new documentary Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood and five Pre-Code films will be shown on Turner Classic Movies on Monday, March 3 (more details below). The five racy Pre-Coders are: The Divorcee (1930), A Free Soul (1931), Night Nurse (1931), Three on a Match […]


'Strange Interlude': Eugene O'Neill at MGM

LOVE IS A MUCH-FRUSTRATING THING By Marcus Tucker of Shadow Waltz With the advent of new technology comes experimentation. When sound arrived in Hollywood, films became stagebound because of the crippling limitations of the primitive equipment. But by the time MGM's film adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's 1928 Pulitzer-winning play Strange […]


'The Women' 1939 Remake with Meg Ryan?

'The Women' 1939: Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. 'The Women' 1939 remake with Meg Ryan and Annette Bening? The Women (1939) is the best-known and best-liked version of Clare Boothe Luce's mordant all-female stage comedy, which may be headed for the big screen for the third time in […]