Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille

Highest Rated: 100% The Plainsman (1936)

Lowest Rated: 40% Madam Satan (1930)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA

An actor and general manager with his mother's theatrical troupe since the mid-1900s, Cecil B. DeMille formed a filmmaking partnership in 1913 with vaudeville artist Jesse L. Lasky and businessman Samuel Goldfish (soon to be known as Samuel Goldwyn). Their first venture was The Squaw Man (1914), which DeMille co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Oscar Apfel. This successful and elaborate six-reeler launched DeMille on a lifelong career in films. His first solo effort was the Western The Virginian (1914), which he also co-scripted. He edited and wrote (or co-wrote) almost all his successful films, with the notable exception of the popular melodrama The Cheat (1915). Writer Jeanie Macpherson began working for DeMille in 1914 with The Captive (1915), and wrote most of his later silent films: hits that included witty romantic farces (Don't Change Your Husband); epic morality tales that combined modern dramas with visions of history (Joan the Woman [1916]) or the Bible (The Ten Commandments [1923]); and perhaps DeMille's greatest artistic success, the handsome and moving life of Christ, The King of Kings (1927). Macpherson also wrote the director's first three talkies, ending their collaboration in 1930 with the bizarre comedy Madam Satan (1930). DeMille continued to score hits in the '30s with epics (Sign of the Cross [1932], Cleopatra [1934]) and Westerns (The Plainsman [1937], Union Pacific [1939]). His output became more sporadic during the '40s, but he still pleased the public with his rugged action films Northwest Mounted Police (1940) and Reap the Wild Wind (1942). DeMille's last three films -- Samson and Delilah (1950), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and The Ten Commandments (1956), a remake of his 1923 movie of the same name -- were the most successful releases of their respective years. DeMille's final directorial effort, The Ten Commandments was also the decade's box-office champ. He died in 1959 at the age of 77; his memoir, The Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille, was published posthumously later that year.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille Actor 2016
No Score Yet Manslaughter Producer Director 2000
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Executive Producer 1958
89% The Ten Commandments Director Narrator Producer 1956
42% The Greatest Show on Earth Director Producer 1952
90% Son of Paleface Guest Spot 1952
99% Sunset Boulevard Himself 1950
63% Samson and Delilah Director Producer 1949
80% Unconquered Director Producer 1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell Producer Director 1944
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Himself 1942
80% Reap the Wild Wind Producer Director 1942
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Producer Director 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific Producer Director 1939
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Producer Director 1938
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Man Coming from Bungalow 1937
100% The Plainsman Producer Director 1936
100% The Crusades Producer Director 1935
82% Cleopatra Director Producer 1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People Director Producer 1934
No Score Yet This Day and Age Producer Director 1933
44% The Sign of the Cross Director Producer 1932
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man) Producer Director 1931
40% Madam Satan Director 1930
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go) Himself 1930
No Score Yet The Godless Girl Producer Director 1929
No Score Yet Chicago Producer 1927
69% The King of Kings Director Producer 1927
No Score Yet The Yankee Clipper Producer 1927
No Score Yet The Volga Boatman Producer Director 1926
No Score Yet The Coming of Amos Producer 1925
No Score Yet Golden Bed Director Producer 1925
No Score Yet The Road to Yesterday Producer Director 1925
No Score Yet Triumph Director 1924
100% Hollywood Actor 1923
83% The Ten Commandments Director Producer 1923
No Score Yet Saturday Night Producer Director 1922
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol Producer Director 1921
No Score Yet Fool's Paradise Producer Director 1921
No Score Yet Something to Think About Producer Director 1920
No Score Yet Why Change Your Wife? Producer Director 1920
No Score Yet Don't Change Your Husband Director 1919
No Score Yet Male and Female Producer Director 1919
No Score Yet Old Wives for New Producer Director 1918
No Score Yet The Whispering Chorus Director Producer 1918
No Score Yet The Woman God Forgot Producer Director 1917
No Score Yet The Little American Director Screenwriter Producer 1917
No Score Yet A Romance of the Redwoods Screenwriter Director Producer 1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman Director Producer 1916
No Score Yet Maria Rosa Director 1916
89% The Cheat Producer Director 1915
80% Carmen Producer Director 1915
No Score Yet The Golden Chance Director Producer 1915
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West Producer Director Screenwriter 1915
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Director 1914
No Score Yet The Squaw Man Producer Director Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Kindling Director Screenwriter


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