Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 29, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 494 pages

In Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, Robert S. Birchard offers a detailed and definitive chronicle of the most successful filmmaker in early Hollywood history, going behind studio gates and beyond DeMille's legendary persona. In his forty-five-year career, DeMille's box-office record was unsurpassed, and his swaggering style established the public image for movie directors. DeMille had a profound impact on the way movies tell stories and brought greater attention to the elements of decor, lighting, and cinematography. Best remembered today for screen spectacles such as The Ten Commandments and Samson and Delilah, DeMille also created Westerns, realistic "chamber dramas," and a series of daring and highly influential social comedies. He set the standard for Hollywood filmmakers and demanded absolute devotion to his creative vision from his writers, artists, actors, and technicians.

Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, this biography provides a comprehensive and compelling portrait of how Cecil B. DeMille's work changed the course of film history, and a fascinating look at how movies were actually made in Hollywood's Golden Age.

 

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Contents

39 Forbidden Fruit
158
40 The Affairs of Anatol
162
41 Fools Paradise
165
42 Saturday Night
169
43 Manslaughter
172
44 Adams Rib
175
45 The Ten Commandments
178
46 Triumph
190

9 The Unafraid
41
10 The Captive
44
11 The Wild Goose Chase
47
12 The Arab
50
13 Chimmie Fadden
52
14 Kindling
54
15 Maria Rosa
57
16 Carmen
60
17 Temptation
64
18 Chimmie Fadden Out West
66
19 The Cheat
68
20 The Golden Chance
71
21 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
76
22 The Heart of Nora Flynn
79
23 The Dream Girl
82
24 Joan the Woman
90
25 A Romance of the Redwoods
103
26 The Little American
107
27 The Woman God Forgot
112
Illustrations follow 1
112
28 The Devil Stone
116
29 The Whispering Chorus
118
30 Old Wives for New
121
3 1 We Cant Have Everything
125
32 Till I Come Back to You
127
33 The Squaw Man first remake
131
34 Dont Change Your Husband
135
35 For Better For Worse
138
36 Male and Female
144
37 Why Change Your Wife?
150
38 Something to Think About
155
47 Feet of Clay
194
48 The Golden Bed
197
49 The Road to Yesterday
200
Illustrations follow 2
208
50 The Volga Boatman
210
51 The King of Kings
216
52 The Godless Girl
227
53 Dynamite
234
54 Madam Satan
241
55 The Squaw Man second remake
248
56 The Sign of the Cross
251
57 This Day and Age
261
58 Four Frightened People
267
59 Cleopatra
275
60 The Crusades
283
61 The Plainsman
293
62 The Buccaneer
299
Illustrations follow 3
304
63 Union Pacific
306
64 North West Mounted Police
312
65 Reap the Wild Wind
316
66 The Story of Dr Wassell
323
67 Unconquered
329
68 Samson and Delilah
334
69 The Greatest Show on Earth
341
70 The Ten Commandments
351
Appendices
365
Notes
377
Bibliography
405
Index
407
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Robert S. Birchard (1950-2016) was an award-winning film editor and film historian. His "In the Beginning" episode of the Discovery Channel's Hollywood Chronicles series, which he wrote and directed, received a Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival. He also authored King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies.

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