Snow White (1916)
Production Co.: Famous Players Film Co. (Paramount Pictures Corp., distributor). Director: J. Searle Dawley. Writer: Winthrop Ames (under the pseudonym “Jesse G. White”), from his 1912 stageplay Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the 1812 folktale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Producer/Photographer: H. Lyman Broening. Cast: Marguerite Clark (Snow White), Dorothy G. Cumming (Queen Brangomar, her stepmother), Creighton Hale (Prince Florimond), Lionel Braham (Berthold, the huntsman), Alice Washburn (Witch Hex). Transfer Note: Copied at 18 frames per second from a 35mm tinted print preserved by the George Eastman Museum; 6 reels. New Music: Martin Marks. Running Time: 63 minutes.
For the eighty years before its George Eastman Museum restoration, this 1916, six-reel Snow White was known primarily from Walt Disney’s recollection of seeing it at a Kansas City matinee for newsboys. Snow White stuck in his mind, he said, partly because of an unusual exhibition format in...