Snow White

J. Searle DawleyUSA63 minutes1916GB&WSilent

View Snow White during the Snow White preceded by Sleeping Beauty event.


An underrated gem of the silent era, this 1916 adaptation of Snow White is one of the few surviving films of the appealingly childlike Marguerite Clark, who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the period. Based on Winthrop Ames' 1912 stage play (which also featured Clark in the title role), this version of the beloved tale substantially departs from the original Brothers Grimm story, most notably by dividing the character of Snow White's nemesis between the evil Queen Brangomar (Dorothy Cumming) and a witch named Hex (Alice Washburn). Despite these liberties, Snow White proved sufficiently magical to captivate a then 15-year-old Walt Disney when he saw the film in his hometown, and he would take inspiration from Clark's luminous performance and the Gothic production design when planning his own legendary version of the story two decades later.

Print courtesy of George Eastman Museum.