His father being both a playwright and a deeply religious man would greatly influence the career of Cecil B. DeMille. Growing up in Ethel Lake, New Jersey, Cecil and his brother William ... See full summary »

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His father being both a playwright and a deeply religious man would greatly influence the career of Cecil B. DeMille. Growing up in Ethel Lake, New Jersey, Cecil and his brother William would often be told bible stories as they grew up. He is considered a movie making pioneer, creating the Famous Players Corporation, which is better known today as Paramount Pictures and where he made his first motion picture. DeMille helped bridge the gap between the Broadway community and Hollywood, and helped develop what is the star system in Hollywood. Under that star system, DeMille had his stock players. He is probably best known for his religious epics - making both a silent and talkie version of The Ten Commandments (1923) - although he liked to consider himself a dramatist first, and a creator of epics last. Written by Huggo

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Two Minute History Lesson
8 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Hist-o-rama: Cecil B. DeMille (1962)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lasting anywhere between three and four minutes, the Hollywood HIST-O-RAMA series shouldn't be looked at as some sort of documentary that's going to tell you everything about the subject. After all, with such a short running time it would be impossible to go into great details about anything but I'm sure people back when this was made would have at least enjoyed them.

This episode takes a brief look at the very long career of Cecil B. DeMille. We start off by hearing that the director was the reason Hollywood and New York stopped fighting in the early days and we also learn that he developed the movie star. From here we get a rundown of his silent and sound pictures and learn that he was a great showman. Again, trying to capture DeMille's career in just two-minutes is an impossible task but I always enjoy watching these episodes when they're on. I think for the most part they're a pretty good education when you considering that I'm sure many people in 1962 weren't following silent movies so there were probably many people who learned about film history from something like this and then went out to do more research. Today there are much better documentaries on DeMille but film buffs will still want to check this out.


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