Snow White (1916 film)

Snow White is a 1916 American silent romantic fantasy film directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was adapted by Winthrop Ames from his own 1912 Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was in turn adapted from the 1812 fairy tale (as collected by the Grimm brothers). The film stars Marguerite Clark and Creighton Hale, Clark reprising her stage role.[1]

Snow White
Advertisement (1917)
Directed byJ. Searle Dawley
Produced byH. Lyman Broening (uncredited)
Written byWinthrop Ames
Based onSnow White as collected
by The Brothers Grimm
CinematographyH. Lyman Broening
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 1916 (1916-12-25)
Running time
63 minutes (18 frame/s)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Fifteen years old when he saw it, Walt Disney was inspired to make it the subject of his first feature-length animated film.[1]



  • May Robson as Witch Hex (she replaced originally scheduled Alice Washburn)
  • Kate Lester as a dowager queen

Preservation status

Formerly thought to have been destroyed in a vault fire and presumed lost, a "substantially complete" print with Dutch intertitles, missing a few scenes, was found in Amsterdam in 1992 and restored at George Eastman House.[1]

Home media

Snow White is included in the boxed DVD set Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Preserved Films (2000).[2]

See also


  1. J. B. Kaufman. "Snow White, 1916". San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. Carl Bennett (ed.). "Treasures from American Film Archives". Silent Era. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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