Cecil B. Demille Movies on DVD
Cecil B. DeMille's epic production of the classic story showcases opera star Geraldine Farrar in the lead, playing a beautiful worker at a cigarette factory who finds refuge with Gypsies and love in a heated romantic triangle with soldier Wallace Reid and a bullfighter. Newly restored print includes color-tinted sequences. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: stereo music score; photo gallery. Silent with music score.
"Don't Change Your Husband" proves to be good advice for Leila Porter (Gloria Swanson). Exhausted with her nouveau-riche mate's ill-mannered behavior, Leila decides to try again, marrying playboy Schuyler Van Sutphen (Lew Cody). When she discovers her new husband's infidelity, Leila attempts to persuade her first spouse (Elliot Dexter) to take her back; this was Swanson's first film with Cecil B. DeMille. Next, in the early DeMille rarity "The Golden Chance," a woman's marriage to an alcoholic criminal disgraces her family, while her employment as a seamstress for a society woman affords her the opportunity to mix with the wealthy. Cleo Ridgley, Horace B. Carpenter and Wallace Reid star. 153 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital stereo music score. Silent with music score.
Provocative tale from director Cecil B. DeMille, based on a play by James M. Barrie, about an aristocratic family consisting of snooty, stubborn types who find themselves on an equal playing field with their servants when both factions are shipwrecked on an island. With Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels, and Gloria Swanson in a famous nude bathing scene. Restored print includes color-tinted sequences. 117 min. Silent with music score. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital stereo; scene access.
This double bill of Cecil B. DeMille melodramas opens with the Jazz Age tale "Manslaughter," in which sybaritic society girl Leatrice Joy accidentally kills a traffic cop and, while in jail, repents her partying ways. Scenes of "bathtub gin" bashes are mixed with vignettes of Ancient Roman debauchery to re-enforce DeMille's message. Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson co-star. Then, the director's racy (for its time) "The Cheat" tells of a free-spending socialite who loses $10,000 in charity funds entrusted to her and turns to a Burmese ivory merchant who agrees to help her...if she will give herself to him. Fannie Ward and Sessue Hayakawa star. 159 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
First, based on the David Graham Phillips novel, "Old Wives for New" chronicles how a man divorces his overweight wife and romances a young beauty. But when his new love is involved in a murder scandal, he quickly replaces her before realizing the error of his ways. Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor, Sylvia Ashton star. Then, "The Whispering Chorus" stars Raymond Hatton as a down-on-his-luck bookkeeper who fakes his own death and disguises a corpse to look like himself. But when he is accused of killing the dead man, he must choose between saving his skin or disgracing his family. With Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman. 146 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
Unusual and rather risque for its time, Cecil B. DeMille's drawing room drama stars Wallace Reid as a self-appointed savior of "loose women" who leaves wife Gloria Swanson behind to embark on his crusade. Reid meets his match when he's drawn to nightclub entertainer Satan Synne (Bebe Daniels), whose seductive way hides a surprising secret. Includes color-tinted sequences. 117 min. Standard; Soundtrack: stereo music score; scene access.
Cecil B. DeMille's silent epic of the life and ministry of Christ stars H.B. Warner in the title role, and the supporting cast includes Joseph Schildkraut and William Boyd. Styled after classical religious paintings, this moving treatment is presented in a restored version that features the Technicolor Resurrection sequence. Includes both the 155-minute roadshow version and 112-minute general release print. Silent with music score. Standard; Soundtracks: Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; behind-the-scenes footage; featurette; art gallery; photo gallery; theatrical trailers. Two-disc set.
The first feature to be filmed in Hollywood, the silent western "The Squaw Man," co-directed by Cecil B. DeMille, concerns an Englishman (Dustin Farnum) who is forced to flee his homeland when he is accused of a crime that his brother committed. After settling into a new life in America and marrying a beautiful Indian woman (Red Wing), he again experiences turmoil when tragedy strikes and a figure from his past returns. Winifred Kingston co-stars. Then, DeMille finished out his pact with MGM by retelling "The Squaw Man" for the third time (there was a 1918 remake) as a talkie. The director eschewed the expected epic aspects of the story to focus on the relationship between the embattled British expatriate (Warner Baxter) and his Native-American bride (Lupe Velez). Charles Bickford, Roland Young, Eleanor Boardman co-star. 181 min. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono.
The first movie ever to be filmed in Hollywood, this silent classic co-directed by Cecil B. DeMille concerns an Englishman who is forced to flee his homeland and leave the woman he secretly loves when he is accused of a crime that his brother committed. After settling into a new life in America and marrying a beautiful Indian woman, he again experiences turmoil when tragedy strikes and a figure from his past returns. Dustin Farnum, Winifred Kingston, Nat-U-Rich star. AKA: "The White Man." 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Plays All Regions. Silent with music score.
First, Cecil B. DeMille's "Why Change Your Wife?" stars Gloria Swanson as a prim and proper woman whose pursuit of perfection drives her husband into the arms of another gal. With Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels, Theodore Kosloff. Then, based on the Pulitzer-winning play by Zona Gale, "Miss Lulu Bett" chronicles how an overworked spinster rebels against her exploitative family and chooses to make her own destiny. Lois Wilson, Milton Sills, Theodore Roberts star; directed by William DeMille (Cecil's brother). 91 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital stereo music score. Silent with music score. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.