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MPN calls Snow White Paramount's first six reel film. Marguerite Clark starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , a play by Jesse Graham White that opened in New York 7 Nov 1912. According to a news item, studies for the play by director Winthrop Ames, who wrote the scenario, and sketches for the costumes and settings, were used in preparation for the film. Among the many other film versions of the fairy tale are a 1917 Universal three-reeler, a short 1933 Fleischer animated film and Disney's feature-length 1938 animated film. For information on those and other film adaptations, please consult the entry for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

MPN calls Snow White Paramount's first six reel film. Marguerite Clark starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , a play by Jesse Graham White that opened in New York 7 Nov 1912. According to a news item, studies for the play by director Winthrop Ames, who wrote the scenario, and sketches for the costumes and settings, were used in preparation for the film. Among the many other film versions of the fairy tale are a 1917 Universal three-reeler, a short 1933 Fleischer animated film and Disney's feature-length 1938 animated film. For information on those and other film adaptations, please consult the entry for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 . More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Dec 16
p. 186, 192.
ETR
30 Dec 16
p. 282.
Motog
13 Jan 17
p. 97.
MPN
6 May 16
p. 28.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4206.
MPN
6 Jan 17
p. 103, 113.
MPW
6 Jan 17
p. 97, 139.
New York Times
25 Dec 16
p. 7.
NYDM
25 Nov 16
p. 25.
Wid's
4 Jan 17
p. 10.
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LITERARY
Based on the fairy tale "Schneewittchen" in Kinder und Hausmärchen collected by Jakob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (Germany, 1812--14).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
21 December 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9786
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Because Queen Brangomar has always been jealous of the princess Snow White, she makes the girl work as a scullery maid. Yet, even this indignity is not enough, and when Prince Florimond falls in love with Snow White, Brangomar, herself in love with Florimond, decides to have the princess murdered and so commissions Berthold, the hunter, to do the job. Instead of killing her, however, Berthold takes Snow White to the safety of the forest, and from there she goes to live with seven dwarfs. Later, Brangomar tracks her down and gets her to take a bite from a poisoned apple, but Snow White recovers and marries Florimond, while the witch Hex, who years before had made Brangomar beautiful, but who is now fed up with her, turns the queen into a ... +


Because Queen Brangomar has always been jealous of the princess Snow White, she makes the girl work as a scullery maid. Yet, even this indignity is not enough, and when Prince Florimond falls in love with Snow White, Brangomar, herself in love with Florimond, decides to have the princess murdered and so commissions Berthold, the hunter, to do the job. Instead of killing her, however, Berthold takes Snow White to the safety of the forest, and from there she goes to live with seven dwarfs. Later, Brangomar tracks her down and gets her to take a bite from a poisoned apple, but Snow White recovers and marries Florimond, while the witch Hex, who years before had made Brangomar beautiful, but who is now fed up with her, turns the queen into a peacock. +

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