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William Shakespeare (play)
John Arthur (scenario) ...
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19 October 1916 (USA) See more »
Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Francis X. Bushman 
John W. Noble 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

John Arthur (scenario) and
Rudolph De Cordova (scenario) and
John W. Noble (scenario)

Cinematography by
Rudolph J. Bergquist  (as R.J. Bergquist)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leander De Cordova .... assistant director
Rudolph De Cordova .... assistant director
Edward Elsner .... assistant director
Edward Ewers .... assistant director
Harry Sothern .... assistant director
Music Department
Irene Berg .... musical accompaniment arranger
Samuel Berg .... musical accompaniment arranger
Other crew
Maxwell Karger .... supervisor

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William Shakespeare's play is thought to have been written between 1591 and 1596 (most likely in the mid-1590s). The first documented performance took place in 1662.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?, 26 April 2009
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

A synopsis reveals this to be a faithful adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Film historian Anthony Slide reported the only significant difference being, "Rosaline, the girl of whom Romeo is enamored before meeting Juliet, is shown, not merely talked about." In his early 30s, Francis X. Bushman might seem a little too old, by present standards, to be playing "Romeo Montague"; but, audiences in 1916 couldn't have cared less. As one of the most popular leading men from the era, Mr. Bushman would have been a natural casting choice.

Immensely popular, Bushman was in the "Top Ten" of the decade's "Motion Picture Magazine" favorites lists: star #4 in 1912, #6 in 1913, #10 in 1914, #3 performance of 1915 in "Graustark", star #3 (and #1 male) in 1916, # 2 (and #1 male) in 1917, and #10 in 1918. Popular co-star, probable off-screen lover, and future Mrs. Bushman, beautiful Beverly Bayne was "Juliet". This film competed with a the near-simultaneous release of box office rival Theda Bara's version. If only the two had performed "Romeo and Juliet" in the same film, and had it survive the ages…

***** Romeo and Juliet (10/19/16) John W. Noble ~ Francis X. Bushman, Beverly Bayne, Fritz Leiber

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