Romeo and Juliet (1916 Metro Pictures film)

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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet 1916 2 crop.jpg
Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne from an ad for the film
Directed byJohn W. Noble
Francis X. Bushman
Produced byMaxwell Karger
Written byScenario:
John Arthur
Rudolph De Cordova
John W. Noble
Based onRomeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
StarringFrancis X. Bushman
Beverly Bayne
Music byIrene Berg
Samuel Berg
CinematographyR. J. Bergquist
Quality Pictures Corporation
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • October 19, 1916 (1916-10-19)
Running time
8 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Romeo and Juliet is a lost[1][2] 1916 American silent film based on William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. John W. Noble is credited as director and Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne star as the lovers. This film was produced in 1916, the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and was released amongst many other commemorations of his works.

This film was produced and released in direct competition with another film, Romeo and Juliet produced by William Fox, starring Theda Bara, and released three days later. Bushman later claimed, in an interview, that he went to see the Theda Bara version and was shocked to see that Fox had added some intertitles from the Metro version.[3]



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Romeo and Juliet at
  2. ^ Romeo and Juliet(1916/Metro) at The;Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c1988

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