Norma Shearer filmography

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The following lists the feature films and shorts in which the actress Norma Shearer appeared. After beginning her film career in uncredited roles in silent films, Shearer established one of the most successful film careers of the 1930s. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1930 and was nominated for the same award on five other occasions. She retired in 1942.

Silent films : 1919–1928[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Notes
1919 The Star Boarder Member of the Big V Beauty Squad Larry Semon Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Frank Alexander
1920 The Flapper uncredited Alan Crosland Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Way Down East Barn dancer D. W. Griffith Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess
The Restless Sex uncredited Leon D'Usseau, Robert Z. Leonard Marion Davies, Ralph Kellard
Torchy's Millions uncredited Johnny Hines, Dorothy Mackaill
The Stealers Julie Martin Christy Cabanne William H. Tooker, Robert Kenyon, Myrtle Morse
1921 The Sign on the Door uncredited Herbert Brenon Norma Talmadge, Charles Richman, Lew Cody
1922 The Leather Pushers uncredited Edward Laemmle Reginald Denny, Billy Sullivan Partially lost
The End of the World uncredited Harvey G. Matherson Jack Pickford
The Man Who Paid Jeanne Thornton Oscar Apfel Wilfred Lytell, Florence Rogan Lost film
Channing of the Northwest Jess Driscoll Ralph Ince Eugene O'Brien, Gladden James Lost film
The Bootleggers Helen Barnes Roy Sheldon Walter Miller, Paul Panzer, Jules Cowles, Hazel Flint Lost film
1923 A Clouded Name Marjorie Dare Austin O. Huhn Gladden James, Yvonne Logan, Richard Neill
Man and Wife Dora Perkins John L. McCutcheon Maurice Costello, Gladys Leslie
The Devil's Partner Jeanne Caryl S. Fleming Charles Delaney, Henry Sedley
Pleasure Mad Elinor Benton Reginald Barker Huntley Gordon, Mary Alden
The Wanters Marjorie John M. Stahl Marie Prevost, Robert Ellis, Gertrude Astor Lost film
Lucretia Lombard Mimi Winship Jack Conway Irene Rich, Monte Blue, Marc McDermott
1924 The Trail of the Law Jerry Vardon Oscar Apfel Wilfred Lytell, John P. Morse Lost film
The Wolf Man Elizabeth Gordon Edmund Mortimer John Gilbert, Alma Francis, Eugene Pallette Lost film
Blue Water Lillian Denton David Hartford Pierre Gendron, Jane Thomas
Broadway After Dark Rose Dulane Monta Bell Adolphe Menjou, Anna Q. Nilsson, Edmund Burns, Carmel Myers Lost film
Broken Barriers Grace Durland Reginald Barker James Kirkwood, Adolphe Menjou, Mae Busch Status unknown
Empty Hands Claire Endicott Victor Fleming Jack Holt, Charles Clary Lost film
Married Flirts cameo appearance Robert G. Vignola Pauline Frederick, Conrad Nagel, Mae Busch Lost film
He Who Gets Slapped Consuelo Victor Sjöström Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Tully Marshall
The Snob Nancy Claxton Monta Bell John Gilbert, Conrad Nagel, Phyllis Haver, Hedda Hopper Lost film
1925 1925 Studio Tour herself Short subject
Excuse Me Marjorie Newton Alfred J. Goulding Conrad Nagel, Renée Adorée, Walter Hiers, John Boles Status unknown
Lady of the Night Molly Helmer / Florence Banning Monta Bell Malcolm McGregor, Dale Fuller
Waking Up the Town Mary Ellen Hope James Cruze Jack Pickford, Claire McDowell, Alec B. Francis Incomplete print
Pretty Ladies Frances White Monta Bell ZaSu Pitts, Tom Moore, Ann Pennington, Lilyan Tashman Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy appear as chorus girls
A Slave of Fashion Katherine Emerson Hobart Henley Lew Cody, William Haines, Mary Carr Lost film
The Tower of Lies Glory/Goldie Victor Sjöström Lon Chaney, Ian Keith, Claire McDowell, William Haines Lost film
His Secretary Ruth Lawrence Hobart Henley Lew Cody, Willard Louis, Karl Dane Lost film
1926 The Devil's Circus Mary Benjamin Christensen Charles Emmett-Mack, Carmel Myers, John Milian, Claire McDowell
Screen Snapshots herself Charlie Chaplin, Billie Dove, Leatrice Joy, Elinor Glyn, Paul Bern, William S. Hart, Tom Mix Short subject
The Waning Sex Nina Duane Robert Z. Leonard Conrad Nagel, George K. Arthur, Mary McAllister Lost film
Upstage Dolly Haven Monta Bell Oscar Shaw, Tenen Holz, Gwen Lee
1927 The Demi-Bride Criquette Robert Z. Leonard Lew Cody, Lionel Belmore, Tenen Holz, Carmel Myers, Dorothy Sebastian Lost film
After Midnight Mary Miller Monta Bell Lawrence Gray, Gwen Lee, Eddie Sturgis
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Kathi Ernst Lubitsch Ramón Novarro, Jean Hersholt, Philippe De Lacy
1928 The Latest from Paris Ann Dolan Sam Wood George Sydney, Ralph Forbes, Tenen Holz Lost film
The Actress Rose Trelawny Sidney Franklin Owen Moore, Gwen Lee, Lee Moran, Ralph Forbes Lost film
Voices Across the Sea herself Ernest Torrence, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford Short subject
A Lady of Chance Angel Face Crandall Robert Z. Leonard Lowell Sherman, Gwen Lee, Johnny Mack Brown, Eugenie Besserer

Sound films : 1929–1942[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Notes
1929 The Trial of Mary Dugan Mary Dugan Bayard Veiller Lewis Stone, H. B. Warner, Raymond Hackett, Lilyan Tashman
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney Sidney Franklin Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, Herbert Bunston, Hedda Hopper
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 herself as Juliet Charles Reisner Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Marion Davies, Joan Crawford, William Haines, Buster Keaton, Bessie Love, Marie Dressler "Romeo and Juliet" sequence with Shearer and Gilbert shot in two-color Technicolor
Their Own Desire Lucia "Lally" Marlett E. Mason Hopper Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, Helene Millard, Cecil Cunningham nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
(nominated for two films, Shearer won for The Divorcee)
1930 The Divorcee Jerry Bernard Martin Robert Z. Leonard Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery, Florence Eldridge won Academy Award for Best Actress
Let Us Be Gay Mrs. Katherine Brown Robert Z. Leonard Marie Dressler, Rod La Rocque, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Raymond Hackett, Sally Eilers
1931 Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party herself Charles Reisner Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Wallace Beery, Marion Davies, Marie Dressler, Jimmy Durante, Clark Gable, Charlotte Greenwood, Harpo Marx, Ramón Novarro, Anita Page short subject
Strangers May Kiss Lisbeth Corbin George Fitzmaurice Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau, Irene Rich
The Stolen Jools herself William C. McGann Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson short subject
A Free Soul Jan Ashe Clarence Brown Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
(won by Marie Dressler for Min and Bill)
Private Lives Amanda Sidney Franklin Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Una Merkel, Jean Hersholt
The Christmas Party herself Charles Reisner Jerry Madden, Jackie Cooper, Reginald Denny, Clark Gable, Charlotte Greenwood, Cliff Edwards, Ramón Novarro, Marion Davies, Anita Page short subject
1932 Smilin' Through Kathleen Sidney Franklin Fredric March, Leslie Howard, O. P. Heggie
Strange Interlude Nina Leeds Robert Z. Leonard Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland, Ralph Morgan, Robert Young, May Robson, Maureen O'Sullivan
1934 Riptide Lady Mary Rexford Edmund Goulding Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall, Lilyan Tashman
The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sidney Franklin Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
(won by Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night)
1936 Romeo and Juliet Juliet George Cukor Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone, C. Aubrey Smith nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
(won by Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld)
1938 Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette W. S. Van Dyke Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley, Anita Louise, Gladys George, Joseph Schildkraut, Henry Stephenson nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
(won by Bette Davis in Jezebel)
winner of Best Actress Award at Venice Film Festival
Hollywood Goes to Town herself Herman Hoffman short subject, featuring film performers as themselves
1939 Idiot's Delight Irene Fellara Clarence Brown Clark Gable, Edward Arnold, Charles Coburn, Joseph Schildkraut, Burgess Meredith, Laura Hope Crews
The Women Mrs. Stephen Haines (Mary) George Cukor Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Phyllis Povah, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey notable for its all-female cast
1940 Escape Countess Ruby von Treck Mervyn LeRoy Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt, Alla Nazimova
1942 We Were Dancing Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska Robert Z. Leonard Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick, Lee Bowman, Marjorie Main
Her Cardboard Lover Consuelo Croyden George Cukor Robert Taylor, George Sanders