Disraeli (1916 film)

Disraeli is a 1916 British silent biographical film directed by Charles Calvert and Percy Nash and starring Dennis Eadie, Mary Jerrold and Cyril Raymond. The film was based on the 1911 play Disraeli by Louis N. Parker, which was adapted twice more, as a 1921 silent version and most famously in 1929 as an early sound film. It was made at Ealing Studios.[1]

Directed byCharles Calvert
Percy Nash
Produced byArrigo Bocchi
Written byLouis N. Parker (play and screenplay)
StarringDennis Eadie
Mary Jerrold
Cyril Raymond
Distributed byNB Films
Release date
November 1916
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited Kingdom

When actor George Arliss who had made his name appearing in the play, wanted to make the 1921 version in America he acquired the rights from producer Arrigo Bocchi and oversaw the destruction of all copies of the original film.[2]


The mid-Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli manages to thwart the plans of Britain's rival Great Powers and gain control of the strategically important Suez Canal.



  1. ^ Low p.87
  2. ^ Fells p.33-34


  • Fells, Robert M. George Arliss: The Man Who Played God . Scarecrow Press, 2004.
  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1914-1918. Routledge, 2005.

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