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Snow White (1916)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Romance | 25 December 1916 (USA)
Snow White is a motherless princess, who arouses the jealousy and hatred of Mary Jane, her mother's former lady-in-waiting, who is the ugliest woman in the kingdom, but aspires to the ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Searle Dawley

Writers:

Winthrop Ames (by), Winthrop Ames
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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Cumming ... Queen Brangomar (as Dorothy G. Cumming)
Creighton Hale ... Prince Florimond
Lionel Braham ... Berthold - the Huntsman
Alice Washburn Alice Washburn ... Witch Hex
Marguerite Clark ... Snow White
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Snow White is a motherless princess, who arouses the jealousy and hatred of Mary Jane, her mother's former lady-in-waiting, who is the ugliest woman in the kingdom, but aspires to the throne. She gives her heart to the witch, Hex, in return for which she becomes beautiful and wins the love of the king. While hunting, the king falls from his horse and is killed, leaving Mary Jane, who has been rechristened Brangomar, upon the throne. Brangomar forces Snow White to work in the kitchen and takes her lovely clothes away from her. When Snow White accidentally meets a young hunter she becomes interested in him and he is fascinated, though neither has any idea who the other is. So they are dumbfounded when he comes to Snow White's castle and presents a letter to the queen, asking for the hand of Snow White, for he is the Prince Florimund, who has been sent to ask for the hard of the little princess, whom he has never seen. Brangomar, who believed that the prince was coming to sue for her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Белоснежка See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie Walt Disney ever saw. See more »

Goofs

A crew member's shadow is visible on the ground in front of Snow White after Berthold the Huntsman leaves her in the forest. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original release prints contained, according to a review by Variety, a sequence in which a stork delivers the infant Snow White to her mother, is not in the Treasures from American Film Archives print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Pretty good film but also a tad dull as well
28 October 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was a pretty good production for 1916, as the sets were pretty good as were the special effects. It is far less stagy than the 1910 version of THE WIZARD OF OZ, but doesn't even come close to the magic and perfection of PETER PAN (1924). And for whimsy and creativity, it lags well behind the earlier films by Méliès (such as LE VOYAGE DANS LE LUNE). So, for a silent fantasy film, it seems about average, though I have to admit that I fell asleep several times while watching the film. Sure, I was a bit tired, but this also says a lot about the film.

This version of SNOW WHITE is awfully different from the familiar Disney story. Unlike the 1938 Disney classic, the evil step-mother is NOT a witch--the witch is a separate person who helps the step-mother. There are many other little differences as well, but probably aren't worth discussing. Additionally, more energy and focus is on the events that preceded Snow White's going to live with the seven dwarfs in this earlier film.

Although this film is excellent for lovers of silent cinema and film historians, I doubt that most adults or kids today would be impressed by this film. It's an interesting curio and that's about all.


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