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      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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      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buster Keaton Story Self - 1957
      84% 87% The Ten Commandments Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      89% 71% The War of the Worlds Executive Producer - 1953
      49% 53% The Greatest Show on Earth Director,
      Producer
      - 1952
      98% 95% Sunset Blvd. Self - 1950
      56% 59% Samson and Delilah Director,
      Producer
      - 1949
      86% 64% 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% 64% Union Pacific Director,
      Producer
      - 1939
      No Score Yet 29% The Buccaneer Director - 1938
      100% 52% The Plainsman Director,
      Producer
      - 1936
      100% 44% The Crusades Director,
      Producer
      - 1935
      No Score Yet 35% Four Frightened People Director - 1934
      82% 67% Cleopatra Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood You Never See Self - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Day and Age Director - 1933
      55% 63% The Sign of the Cross Director,
      Producer
      - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squaw Man Director - 1931
      40% 43% Madam Satan Director,
      Producer
      - 1930
      No Score Yet 18% Free and Easy Self - 1930
      No Score Yet 68% The Godless Girl Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite Director - 1929
      71% 71% 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 Her Man o' War Producer - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Coming of Amos Producer - 1925
      No Score Yet 0% The Road to Yesterday Director,
      Producer
      - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Bed Director,
      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 55% The Affairs of Anatol Director - 1921
      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 73% Why Change Your Wife? Director,
      Producer
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 65% Don't Change Your Husband Director - 1919
      No Score Yet 56% Male and Female Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Better, for Worse Director,
      Producer
      - 1919
      No Score Yet 71% The Whispering Chorus Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squaw Man Director - 1918
      No Score Yet 40% Old Wives for New Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1918
      No Score Yet 55% The Little American Director - 1917
      No Score Yet 0% A Romance of the Redwoods Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1917
      No Score Yet 42% Joan the Woman Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1917
      86% No Score Yet The Dream Girl Director,
      Producer
      - 1916
      No Score Yet 20% The Golden Chance Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1915
      80% 69% Carmen Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1915
      90% 47% The Cheat Director,
      Film Editing
      - 1915
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Director - 1914
      No Score Yet 21% The Squaw Man Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1914
      83% No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Director - 1914

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1952