The Merchant of Venice (1916 film)

The Merchant of Venice is a 1916 British silent drama film directed by Walter West and starring Matheson Lang, Hutin Britton, Ernest Caselli. It is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.

The Merchant of Venice
Directed byWalter West
Produced byWalter West
Written byWilliam Shakespeare (play)
StarringMatheson Lang
Hutin Britton
Terence O'Brien
Release date
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film was made by Broadwest. The company hired the complete stage cast of the play and filmed at Walthamstow Studios using largely natural light.[1] The film marked the screen debut of Matheson Lang who went on to become one of the leading British actors of the 1920s. It was not a success.[2]



  1. Bamford p.55
  2. Low, Rachael (13 September 2013). "The History of British Film (Volume 3): The History of the British Film 1914 - 1918". Routledge. p. -84. Retrieved 10 October 2018 via Google Books.


  • Bamford, Kenton. Distorted Images: British National Identity and Film in the 1920s. I.B. Tauris, 1999.
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