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Romeo and Juliet (1916)

Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children.

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William Shakespeare (play), John Arthur (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis X. Bushman ... Romeo
Beverly Bayne ... Juliet
Horace Vinton Horace Vinton ... Escalus, Prince of Verona
John Davidson ... Paris
Eric Hudson Eric Hudson ... Montague
Edmund Elton Edmund Elton ... Capulet
Leonard Grover Leonard Grover ... Old Man
Fritz Leiber ... Mercutio
Olaf Skavlan Olaf Skavlan ... Benvolio
Lawson Butt ... Tybalt (as W. Lawson Butt)
Robert Cummings Robert Cummings ... Friar Lawrence
A.J. Herbert A.J. Herbert ... Friar John (as Alexandre J. Herbert)
Edwin Boring Edwin Boring ... Balthasar
William Morris ... Abraham
Joseph Dailey Joseph Dailey ... Peter
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Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Produced at a cost of $250,000 See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo og Julie See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?
26 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

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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