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Snow White

1916 1h 0m Fantasy List
Reviews 76% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Seven dwarfs come to the aid of Snow White (Marguerite Clark) after evil Queen Brangomar (Dorothy Cumming) tries to poison her. Read More Read Less

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Fred Schader Variety How anyone could expect those possessing adult minds to sit through this feature is a mystery. Aug 26, 2022 Full Review Clipper Staff New York Clipper While this is a feature particularly suit- able for children, still there is much that will interest and entertain an adult audience. Dec 9, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Charming silent version of the fairy tale allegedly influenced Walt Disney's animated version twenty years later. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review david l The 1916 version of Snow White is famous for influencing Walt to make his own classic version and though he clearly took a couple of scenes in its entirety, this film is actually quite different otherwise as it follows the original fairy tale much closer. Even though the first third was problematic, the film is mostly very competently made with a charismatic turn from Marguerite Clark, good villains and a couple of standout scenes leading to a quite successful early adaptation of this famous fairy tale. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautifully restored tinted print of this film survives which gives us great insight to how the immortal 1937 version was conceived. I believe Walt Disney saw this film when he was 17-18 & it had a last impression on him. Well Shot & Well Made for its time & was largely based on the hit Broadway Play Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. There was a fun/light feel to this adaption & is great to see Margaret Clarke who played Snow White bring a lot of charm to the role. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member classic movie love it!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The 1916 film of "Snow White" is a screen adaptation of the 1912 Broadway play, written by Jessie Braham White. It tells the familiar tale of the "Stepmother from Hell" and the princess with "skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood and hair as black as night". It was thought to have been lost, until the George Eastman House located a print in a Danish film vault.....and the film world is so lucky they did! Marguerite Clark recreates her Broadway role as "Snow White", and must have been born to play this faerie tale heroine!!! She is the epitome of this character!!!! I only wish that I was alive in 1912 to see her do the role live on stage. Creighton Hale (The Cat and the Canary) is dashing as Prince Florimond, Snow White's love interest. It is a thankless role, but he manages to shine. Dorothy Cumming is the vain "Queen Brangomar", Snow White's nemisis. It's ironic that years later she would play the "Virgin Mary" in "King of Kings".....quite a turn around!!! The rest of the cast handles their roles equally as well as the above mentioned......including Lionel Braham (A Christmas Carol) as "Berthold the Huntsman", and Alice Washburn as "Witch Hex". Hollywood folklore says that this is the film that inspired Walt Disney to create his animated classic. The similarities between the two are amazing! In the opening of the 1916 film, Snow White is a kitchen maid, going about her daily duties.....very much like Disney's heroine scrubbing the castle steps and crooning to doves. A little brown bird shows Snow White the way to the dwarfs' cottage....just like the animated animals did for her in the cartoon. She also cleans up the cottage, in both versions, before the dwarfs come home, and then falls asleep. I highly recommend seeking out a copy of this film!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The cartoon Disney films arn't really my thing, so... well, I've seen at least htree times at my Nana's. SHUT UP! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Seven dwarfs come to the aid of Snow White (Marguerite Clark) after evil Queen Brangomar (Dorothy Cumming) tries to poison her.
Director
J. Searle Dawley
Producer
H. Lyman Broening
Screenwriter
Winthrop Ames
Production Co
Paramount, Famous Players
Genre
Fantasy
Runtime
1h 0m