GenreDrama, History, War Story byWinston Churchill CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateSeptember 29, 1916 (1916-09-29)
February 25, 1917 (1917-02-25)
(general release) Based onThe Crisis
by Winston Churchill WriterColin Campbell (scenario), Winston Churchill (novel) CastMarshall Neilan, George Fawcett, Matt Snyder Similar moviesThe Spoilers (1914), Glorias Romance, Thunderbolt (1929), The Finest Hours (1964), Young Winston (1972)
The Crisis is a 1916 American silent historical drama film produced by William N. Selig and directed by Colin Campbell. The film is based on the American Civil War novel The Crisis by American novelist Winston Churchill. The novel was produced adapted into a play and produced on Broadway in 1902.
A copy of this film is preserved at the Library of Congress.
George Fawcett - Judge Silas Whipple
Matt B. Snyder - Col. Comyn Carvel
Bessie Eyton - Virginia Carvel
Tom Santschi - Stephen Brice
Eugenie Besserer - Mrs. Brice
Marshall Neilan - Clarence Colfax
Frank Weed - Eliphalet Hopper
Will Machin - Lige Brent
Sam D. Drane - Abraham Lincoln
Cecil Holland - Gen. W. T. Sherman
Leo Pierson - Jack Brinsmade
George Snyder -
Frank Green -
Alfred E. Green - ?
Tom Mix - stunts (uncredited)
The Crisis sought to mine the success of 1915's The Birth of a Nation. It was popular in theatres, but the United States' entry into World War I in April 1917 effectively ended interest in another Civil War film in light of the new war.