|The Woman in White|
Engagement of Laura (Janet Salisbury)
and Sir Percival (Charles Craig)
|Directed by||George Nichols|
|Screenplay by||George Edwardes Hall|
|Based on||The Woman in White|
by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White is a 1912 American short silent film based on the 1860 novel of the same name by Wilkie Collins, produced by the Gem Motion Picture Company. Unlike a second film adaptation of The Woman in White produced by the Thanhouser Company the same year, it is not a lost film; a copy is preserved at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.
The Thanhouser version was one of the silent films destroyed when their initial studio burned in 1913.
The cast included Janet Salisbury (Laura Fairlie and The Woman in White), Charles Perley (Walter), Charles Craig (Percival), Alec Frank (Fosco), Viola Alberti (Countess Fosco) and Lyman Rabbe (Pesca).:208 The story was adapted by George Edwardes Hall.
Thanhouser Company production
Simultaneously, the Thanhouser Company was producing its own two-reel adaptation of The Woman in White, starring Marguerite Snow (Laura, Anne), James Cruze (Percival) and William Garwood (Walter). The screenplay was written by Lloyd F. Lonergan.:208 Release dates were announced to the press and changed several times as the two companies competed for the first release. In the end, Thanhouser was able to deliver its film on October 20, 1912—two days before Gem.:183–184
A summary of the plot of The Woman in White appeared in the November 1912 issue of The Motion Picture Story Magazine, accompanied by six still photographs from the Gem production. The photographs are captioned as they appear in the magazine.
- George Eastman Museum Motion Picture Holdings Catalog. The archive possesses a 16mm acetate positive print from which a 35mm polyester negative and projection print were made in 2016.
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- "Answers to Inquiries". The Motion Picture Story Magazine. January 1913. p. 142. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
- "The Woman in White". The Motion Picture Story Magazine. November 1912. pp. 49–56. Retrieved 2016-08-08.