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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Merchant of Venice (1912, Barry O'Neil)

TitleThe Merchant of Venice
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorBarry O'Neil
MediumColor video
Length30 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Merchant of Venice (abridgment)


One of the Thanhouser films that were the most distinguished examples of the silent Shakespeare film in North America. Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser were committed Shakespeareans whose goal was to transfer the text to the screen with as much integrity as possible. Except for their King Lear (see 246), unfortunately most of their films seem to have been lost (KSR)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

ShylockWilliam J. Bowman
PortiaFlorence La Badie

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorBarry O'Neil

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell