Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille

Highest Rated: 100% The Plainsman (1936)

Lowest Rated: 40% Madam Satan (1930)

Birthday: Aug 12, 1881

Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA

Having emerged as a potent force during the birth of Hollywood, director Cecil B. DeMille was a crucial figure in the early development of the classic Hollywood narrative filmmaking style. Although less critically revered than D.W. Griffith, DeMille actually played a more important role in shaping the structure of the Hollywood system with films like "The Squaw Man" (1914), "Brewster's Millions" (1914) and "The Cheat" (1915). The commercial success of "The Cheat" allowed DeMille to expand his creative scope to include the popular comedy "Don't Change Your Husband" (1919) and his first attempt at "The Ten Commandments" (1923). After leaving the silent era behind for the brave new world of talkies, DeMille embarked on a highly-profitable partnership with Paramount Pictures that enabled him to make his most memorable films. Among the best was "Cleopatra" (1934), which harkened the penchant for grandeur and large-scale epics that became synonymous with his name. Following a string of lesser works like his first Technicolor venture, "Northwest Mounted Police" (1940), "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), starring John Wayne, and the flag-waving drama "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944), DeMille made three of what many considered to be his finest films: "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952) and his remake of "The Ten Commandments" (1956). It was the latter film, with its cast of thousands and groundbreaking visual effects, that cemented DeMille's legacy as a true innovator who helped pioneer modern day epic filmmaking.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buster Keaton Story Self - 1957
88% 87% The Ten Commandments Director,
Producer
- 1956
88% 71% The War of the Worlds Executive Producer - 1953
48% 54% The Greatest Show on Earth Director,
Producer
- 1952
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Self - 1950
63% 59% Samson and Delilah Director,
Producer
- 1949
86% 65% Unconquered Director,
Producer
- 1947
No Score Yet 67% The Story of Dr. Wassell Director,
Producer
- 1944
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Director,
Producer
- 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Mounted Police Director - 1940
83% 65% Union Pacific Director,
Producer
- 1939
No Score Yet 29% The Buccaneer Director - 1938
100% 50% The Plainsman Director,
Producer
- 1936
100% 42% The Crusades Director,
Producer
- 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood You Never See Self - 1934
No Score Yet 35% Four Frightened People Director - 1934
82% 66% Cleopatra Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Day and Age Director - 1933
55% 64% The Sign of the Cross Director,
Producer
- 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squaw Man Director - 1931
No Score Yet 18% Free and Easy Self - 1930
40% 50% Madam Satan Director,
Producer
- 1930
No Score Yet 68% The Godless Girl Director - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite Director - 1929
69% 70% The King of Kings Director,
Producer
- 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Volga Boatman Director,
Producer
- 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Bed Director,
Producer
- 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Coming of Amos Producer - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Triumph Director,
Producer
- 1924
83% 73% The Ten Commandments Director,
Producer
- 1923
No Score Yet 62% Manslaughter Director,
Producer
- 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Prodigal Knight Director - 1921
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fool's Paradise Director,
Producer
- 1921
No Score Yet 50% The Affairs of Anatol Director - 1921
No Score Yet 71% Why Change Your Wife? Director,
Producer
- 1920
No Score Yet 63% Don't Change Your Husband Director - 1919
No Score Yet 55% Male and Female Director - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Better, for Worse Director,
Producer
- 1919
No Score Yet 40% Old Wives for New Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1918
No Score Yet 71% The Whispering Chorus Director,
Producer
- 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squaw Man Director - 1918
No Score Yet 55% The Little American Director - 1917
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Romance of the Redwoods Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1917
No Score Yet 45% Joan the Woman Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1917
86% No Score Yet The Dream Girl Director,
Producer
- 1916
80% 75% Carmen Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1915
No Score Yet 20% The Golden Chance Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1915
89% 47% The Cheat Director,
Film Editor
- 1915
83% No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Director - 1914
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Director - 1914
No Score Yet 23% The Squaw Man Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1914

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Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection Director 1915