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Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis
Fiction film. A version of Romeo and Juliet in five reels directed by J. Gordon Edwards with Theda Bara as Juliet and Harry Hilliard as Romeo.
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1916
Recording date
22 Oct 1916
Duration
c55; c5000 feet
Availability
No archive copy found, presumed a lost film.

Credits

Director
J. Gordon Edwards
Screenplay
Adrian Johnson
Cast
Harry HilliardRomeo
Theda BaraJuliet
Glen WhiteMercutio
Walter LawFriar Laurence
Alice GaleNurse
Edwin HoltCapulet
Einar LindenParis
Elwin EatonMontague
Helen TracyLady Capulet
Jane LeePage
John Webb DillonTybalt
Katherine LeePage
Victory BatemanLady Montague

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Library of Congress holds a copy of Adrian Johnson’s script.
History
The film was released the same week as Metro’s ROMEO AND JULIET; Ball writes about the intense studio rivalry in detail (p. 236). Ball notes that the film was made in seven reels which was reduced to five to fit regular release on Fox’s programme. Fox announced that ‘the story has not been sacrificed in any attempt to obtain extra-footage’.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp235-6, 239-41, 364-5)

Production Company

Name

Fox

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