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Romeo and Juliet (1911)

An ill-fated pair of teenage lovers are destroyed by the feud between their families.


Barry O'Neil


William Shakespeare (play)




Cast overview:
George Lessey ... Romeo
Julia M. Taylor ... Juliet
Mrs. George W. Walters Mrs. George W. Walters ... Nurse
David Andrada ... Paris
Robert Halt Robert Halt ... Friar Lawrence
William Garwood


This early film version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy only partially exists. The remaining footage features the fatal duel between Romeo and Tybalt, Juliet's parents threatening to disown her should she not wed Paris, Juliet taking Friar Lawrence's drugs, Romeo getting false news of Juliet's death, the duel between Romeo and Paris, and the lovers' double suicide which finally brings peace to Verona. Written by cupcakes

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

1 September 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo y Julieta See more »

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1.33 : 1
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William Shakespeare's play is thought to have been written between 1591 and 1596 (most likely in the mid-1590s). The first documented performance took place in 1662. See more »


Version of Private Romeo (2011) See more »

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The Thanhouser adaptation is the work of skilled and conscientious effort
2 April 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This is the first attempt of an Independent manufacturer to produce a two-reel attraction. The subject was well chosen, for "age cannot wither nor custom stale" the deathless charm of Shakespeare. "Romeo and Juliet" has been rendered into moving pictures before, more than two years ago by the Vitagraph Company. The film of the Vitagraph Companey possesses rare merit, but the present production has a great advantage; it has more space for the telling of the story, two thousand feet instead of only one thousand. Nothing could better illustrate the advantage of the two-reel over the one-reel film than a comparison between the productions of these two companies. The Vitagraph story was exceedingly well told, the acting was superb, the settings magnificent, the adaptation clever. The two reels production, however, makes the story plainer to a person who has never read the classic tragedy. It is creditable to the maker of this present film that each of the reels tells a story of its own; one the love story, the other the tragedy. As the reels are issued at different times this will help the exhibitor. Someday it is to be hoped an arrangement will be made which allows of such productions being released at the same time, the only sensible and logical way. The Thanhouser adaptation is the work of skilled and conscientious effort and makes the story very plain to every grade of intelligence, a merit which cannot be estimated too highly. All the classic figures in the play are well individualized, from Romeo and Juliet to the smallest character. This individualization extends to the matter of costumes as well; indeed, in this regard the present production leaves no room for adverse criticism. This is much to be lauded, for in a Shakespearian classic above all things, proper costuming is an essential part of the right atmosphere. The settings, especially the out-door scenes, are very happily chosen and arranged, and lend much charm to the production. Owing to the fact that the film maker had two reels in which to tell the story, he was able to give much space to the opening scenes, which make it so much easier to grasp and follow the story. The choosing of these scenes was dictated by art and good taste. Just praise must be given to the acting, which was well up to the general fine standard of the whole production. - The Moving Picture World, August 19, 1911

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