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Cecil B. DeMille

Highest Rated:   100% The Plainsman (1936)
Lowest Rated:   40% Madam Satan (1930)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
86% The Ten Commandments
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Narrator
1956
50% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Director
  • Producer
1952
91% Son of Paleface
  • Guest Spot
1952
98% Sunset Boulevard
  • Himself
1950
63% Samson and Delilah
  • Producer
  • Director
1949
86% Unconquered
  • Producer
  • Director
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
83% 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
  • Director
  • Producer
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
55% The Sign of the Cross
  • Director
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man)
  • Producer
  • Director
1931
40% Madam Satan
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go)
  • Himself
1930
No Score Yet The Godless Girl
  • Director
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet Chicago
  • Producer
1927
71% 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
  • Producer
  • 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
  • Director
  • Producer
1921
No Score Yet Something to Think About
  • Director
  • Producer
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 The Whispering Chorus
  • Director
  • Producer
1918
No Score Yet Old Wives for New
  • 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman
  • Director
  • Producer
1916
No Score Yet Maria Rosa
  • Director
1916
86% The Dream Girl
  • Producer
  • Director
1916
89% The Cheat
  • Director
  • Producer
1915
80% Carmen
  • Producer
  • Director
1915
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1915
No Score Yet The Golden Chance
  • Director
  • Producer
1915
83% Brewster's Millions
  • Director
1914
No Score Yet The Squaw Man
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1914
No Score Yet Kindling
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet America in Color
2017-2019
  • Self
  • 2018

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