ⓘ 1916 in film


20.000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916 film)

20.000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1916 American silent film directed by Stuart Paton. The films storyline is based on the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. It also incorporates elements from Vernes The Mysterious Island. On May 4, 2010, a new print of the film was shown accompanied by live performance of an original score by Stephin Merritt at the Castro Theatre, as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2016, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for i ...


The Count (film)

The Count is Charlie Chaplins fifth film for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on September 4, it co-starred Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.


The Queen of Spades (1916 film)

The Queen of Spades is a 1916 film adaptation of the Aleksandr Pushkin short story of the same name. It is noted for its high production values, directorial technique and psychological depth of acting, especially by Ivan Mosjoukine. It is considered to be one of the best pre-revolutionary Russian films. The film was the second production of the story, the first being the silent short film adaptation of the Pyotr Tchaikovsky opera by Pyotr Chardynin in 1910. Yakov Protazanov uses a wide combination of narrative, staging and camera techniques, many of which were unusual for that time, includ ...


Romeo and Juliet (1916 Metro Pictures film)

Romeo and Juliet is a lost 1916 American silent film based on William Shakespeares play, Romeo and Juliet. John W. Noble is credited as director and Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne star as the lovers. This film was produced in 1916, the 300th anniversary of Shakespeares death, and was released amongst many other commemorations of his works. This film was produced and released in direct competition with another film, Romeo and Juliet produced by William Fox, starring Theda Bara, and released three days later. Bushman later claimed, in an interview, that he went to see the Theda Bara ve ...


A Night of Horror

A Night of Horror is a 1916 silent German horror film directed by Richard Oswald, Arthur Robison and starring Werner Krauss. It is the earliest known feature-length film to portray vampires, with vampire-like people appearing in the film.


Avatar (1916 film)

Avatar is a lost Italian silent film from 1916, directed by Carmine Gallone. In the UK it was also known as The Magician. It was produced by Società Italiana Cines.

1916 in film

ⓘ 1916 in film

  • November 19 – Samuel Goldfish later renamed Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures, later to become one of the most successful independent filmmakers.
  • Charlie Chaplin signs for Mutual Film for a salary of $10.000 a week and a signing on fee of $150.000 making him one of the highest paid people in the US.
  • The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is founded in the United States as the Society of Motion Picture Engineers.
  • September 5 – Release of D. W. Griffiths epic film Intolerance: Loves Struggle Through the Ages, starring Lillian Gish as "The Eternal Motherhood" and Constance Talmadge in two roles, in the United States. It is estimated to have cost around $2.5 million to make but is initially a commercial failure.
  • July 19 – Famous Players-Lasky is formed through a merger of Adolph Zukors Famous Players Film Company and Jesse L. Laskys Feature Play Company. Later in the year, they acquire distributor Paramount Pictures.
  • October 17 – Release of A Daughter of the Gods, the first US production with a million dollar budget, with the first nude scene by a major star Annette Kellerman.
  • June 24 – Mary Pickford signs a contract for $10.000 a week plus profit participation, guaranteeing her over $1 million per year.
  • 11 mm, an amateur film gauge, appears on the market.
  • August 10 – The official British documentary propaganda film The Battle of the Somme is premiered in London. In the first six weeks of general release from 20 August 20 million people view it.

1. Notable films released in 1916

  • The Americano Directed by John Emerson
  • Behind the Screen, directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Edna Purviance
  • Cenere, starring Eleonora Duse the only film in which she appears – Italy
  • La Boheme, by Albert Capellani
  • The Adventures of Peg o the Ring Directed by Francis Ford
  • 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea Directed by Stuart Paton
  • The Battle of the Somme – GB
  • Frau Eva, directed by Robert Wiene and starring Emil Jannings Germany
  • Farmer Al Falfas Cat-Tastrophe, animation produced by Paul Terry
  • Fatty and Mabel Adrift, directed by and starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • A Daughter of the Gods, starring Annette Kellerman
  • The Floorwalker, directed by and starring Charles Chaplin
  • Hoodoo Ann, starring Mae Marsh and Robert Harron
  • The Curse of Quon Gwon
  • The Danger Girl, starring Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon
  • Disraeli, directed by Charles Calvert and Percy Nash – GB
  • Habit of Happiness, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • East Is East, starring Florence Turner – GB
  • Civilization, directed by Reginald Barker and Thomas H. Ince, starring Howard C. Hickman and Enid Markey
  • The Count, directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Edna Purviance
  • Hells Hinges, directed by Charles Swickard and William S. Hart, starring William S. Hart
  • Hulda from Holland, starring Mary Pickford
  • Snow White, starring Marguerite Clark
  • One A.M., directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin
  • Where Are My Children?, directed by Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber, starring Tyrone Power, Sr. and Juan de la Cruz
  • Under Two Flags, starring Theda Bara
  • Intolerance, directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Constance Talmadge
  • The Return of Draw Egan, directed by and starring William S. Hart
  • A Maori Maids Love, directed by Raymond Longford – Australia/New Zealand
  • The Lyons Mail, directed by Fred Paul – Britain
  • The Vagabond, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin
  • Sherlock Holmes, Starring William Gillette
  • The Rink, a Charles Chaplin short
  • Sally Bishop directed by George Pearson – GB
  • Police, a Charles Chaplin short with Edna Purviance and Wesley Ruggles
  • Willard-Johnson Boxing Match
  • Oliver Twist, starring Marie Doro
  • The Mutiny of the Bounty, directed by Raymond Longford – Australia/New Zealand
  • Judex, directed by Louis Feuillade, starring Musidora and Rene Creste – France
  • The Valley of Fear
  • The Pawnshop, a Charles Chaplin short
  • Sally in Our Alley directed by Larry Trimble, starring Hilda Trevelyan, Mary Dibley, Reginald Owen – GB
  • Lights of New York, directed by Van Dyke Brooke, starring Leah Baird and Walter McGrail
  • The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, short directed by John Emerson, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • Joan the Woman, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Geraldine Farrar
  • A Welsh Singer directed by Henry Edwards, starring Edwards, Florence Turner and Campbell Gullan – GB

2. Births

  • Maxene Andrews, singer, actress, member of Andrews Sisters died 1995
  • January 3
  • Betty Furness, actress, consumer activist died 1994
  • February 14
  • January 4 – Lionel Newman, composer died 1989
  • Masaki Kobayashi, director died 1996
  • Sally Gray, born Constance Stevens, actress died 2006
  • June 23 – Irene Worth, actress died 2002
  • April 4 – David White, actor died 1990
  • December 19 – Roy Baker, director died 2010
  • August 27 – Martha Raye, actress died 1994
  • May 1 – Glenn Ford, actor died 2006
  • December 18 – Betty Grable, actress died 1973
  • March 26 – Sterling Hayden, actor died 1986
  • September 13 - Lynne Carver, American actress died 1955
  • September 14 – Douglas Kennedy, actor died 1973
  • September 28 – Peter Finch, actor died 1977
  • February 26 – Jackie Gleason, actor died 1987
  • June 14 – Dorothy McGuire, actress died 2001
  • March 17 – Mercedes McCambridge, actress died 2004
  • February 29 – Dinah Shore, singer, actress, television presenter died 1994
  • December 9 – Kirk Douglas, actor died 2020
  • April 5 – Gregory Peck, actor died 2003
  • September 18 – Rossano Brazzi, actor died 1994
  • September 1 – Arleen Whelan, actress died 1993
  • April 26 – Vic Perrin, voice actor died 1989
  • August 25 – Van Johnson, actor died 2008
  • June 12 – Irwin Allen, director, producer died 1991
  • May 16 – Adriana Caselotti, singer, voice actress died 1997
  • September 15 – Margaret Lockwood, actress died 1990
  • July 1 – Olivia de Havilland, actress
  • April 30 – Phil Brown, actor 2006
  • July 4 - Burton Zucker, actor, real estate developer, father of David and Jerry Zucker d. 2008
  • November 20 – Evelyn Keyes, actress died 2008
  • July 27 – Keenan Wynn, actor died 1986

3. Deaths

  • Page Peters, 26, American screen actor, The Warrens of Virginia, The Purple Scar, An International Marriage, Davy Crockett, Pasquale, drowned swimming
  • Maurice Vinot, 27, French screen actor, airplane crash
  • June 22
  • January 17, Arthur V. Johnson, 39, American screen actor and director, The Sealed Room, The Unchanging Sea, The Adventures of Dollie, The Voice of the Violin, tuberculosis
  • October 6 – Henry Woodruff, 47, American stage & screen actor, A Beckoning Flame, A Man and His Mate, Brights disease
  • November 30 – Dorrit Weixler, 23, German comic actress, Maria, Kammermusik, Heimgekehrt, Todesrauchen, suicide by hanging
  • September 27 – Camille DArcy, 37, American actress, The Prince Chap, Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, A Daughter of the City, The White Sister, The Pacifist, infection from bathing
  • unknown – Jean, the Vitagraph Dog born 1902, American Border Collie, Jean and the Calico Doll, Fraid Cat
  • September 17 – Arthur Hoops, 45, American stage & screen actor, The Secret of Eve, Bridges Burned, Extravagance, The Eternal Question, The Scarlet Woman, heart attack
  • September 9 – Sydney Ayres, 37, American stage & screen actor and director, The Sting of Conscience, The Avenger, As in a Dream, multiple sclerosis


4. Debuts

  • Billie Burke – Peggy
  • Ramon Novarro – Joan the Woman
  • Conrad Veidt – Der Weg des Todes
  • Alla Nazimova – War Brides
  • Edward G. Robinson – Arms and the Woman
  • Ann Dvorak – Ramona
  • Hedda Hopper – The Battle of Hearts as Elda Furry
  • Edmund Gwenn – The Real Thing at Last
  • Mae Murray – To Have and to Hold
  • Colleen Moore – The Prince of Graustark uncredited
  • Constance Bennett – The Valley of Decision
  • Richard Barthelmess – Glorias Romance uncredited
  • US title, Kitchener s Great Army in the Battle of the Somme is a 1916 British documentary and propaganda war film shot by two official cinematographers
  • Audrey was a 1916 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players Film Company and released through Paramount Pictures. The film stars Pauline Frederick
  • Links is a 1916 American silent crime film directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starring Thomas Jefferson, Elmer Clifton, and Robert Harron. The film tells of
  • 1916 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1916 MCMXVI was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian
  • media Shoes is a 1916 silent film drama directed by Lois Weber and starring Mary MacLaren. It was distributed by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company
  • La Revanche, also known as The Vengeance, is a 1916 Australian feature - length film directed by W. J. Lincoln about the revenge sought by Belgian friends
  • Seventeen is a lost 1916 American comedy silent film directed by Robert G. Vignola and written by Booth Tarkington and Harvey F. Thew. It is based on Tarkington s
  • The House of Lies is a 1916 American silent film drama directed by William Desmond Taylor and written by L.V. Jefferson. The film stars Edna Goodrich, Juan
  • Acquitted is a 1916 American silent mystery film produced by the Fine Arts Film Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. Paul Powell directed
  • This is not the 1916 George W. Lederer film by the same name. The Decoy is a 1916 American black and white silent short drama film directed by William

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