Romeo and Juliet (1916 film)
|Romeo and Juliet|
Bara (center) in a scene from the film
|Directed by||J. Gordon Edwards|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Adrian Johnson
William Shakespeare (play)
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|Running time||70 minutes|
Romeo and Juliet is a 1916 American silent film drama directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where Fox many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were at the beginning of the 20th century. The film is now considered to be a lost film.
This film and other Shakespeare-oriented pictures were released in 1916, the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. This film went up against direct competition from another feature length Romeo and Juliet film from Metro Pictures starring Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne.
In a recorded interview, Bushman states that William Fox had spies working for Metro, and stole some of the intertitles from the Metro version. Fox rushed his version into the theatres in order to capitalize on exhibiting his film first. Bushman recalled going to see Fox's Romeo and Juliet and was startled to see his intertitles flash on the screen.
- Theda Bara as Juliet
- Harry Hilliard as Romeo
- Glen White as Mercutio
- Walter Law as Friar Laurence
- John Webb Dillon as Tybalt
- Einar Linden as Paris
- Elwin Eaton as Montague
- Alice Gale as Nurse
- Helen Tracy as Lady Capulet
- Victory Bateman as Lady Montague
- Jane Lee
- Katherine Lee
- May De Lacy
- Edward Holt as Capulet
See also 
- Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
- "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5
- "Romeo and Juliet". silentera.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013.