Cecil B. DeMille - August 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Cecil B. DeMille! Born on this day in 1881, DeMille became arguably the most innovative and prolific director and producer in Hollywood. He directed more than 61 films in the silent era—several of which starred his muse, Gloria Swanson—and 19 “talkies.”  DeMille created the biblical epic genre with 1949’s Samson and Delilah and 1956’s The Ten Commandments. He won his only Oscar for 1952’s spectacle, The Greatest Show on Earth.


When DeMille appeared in Sunset Boulevard, he was in the middle of shooting one of his own films. What was it?

a)    Cleopatra

b)   The Buccaneer

c)  Reap the Wild Wind

d)    Samson and Delilah

Answer below!



Oh, just a little thing called parting the Red Sea. 

Give me any two pages of the Bible and I'll give you a picture.

~Cecil B. DeMille



DeMille was the prototypical tyrannical director, shouting at his cast and crew through a megaphone. He believed his actors should be able to perform their own stunts, including wrestling lions. Although the lion on the set of Samson and Delilah was tame, actor Victor Mature refused, causing DeMille to call Mature "100% yellow."



d) Samson and Delilah