On This Day … 29 December


Events

  • 1913 – Cecil B. DeMille starts filming Hollywood’s first feature film, The Squaw Man.

Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil Blount DeMille (12 August 1881 to 21 January 1959) was an American film director, producer and actor. Between 1914 and 1958, he made 70 features, both silent and sound films.

He is acknowledged as a founding father of the American cinema and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history. His films were distinguished by their epic scale and by his cinematic showmanship. His silent films included social dramas, comedies, Westerns, farces, morality plays, and historical pageants.

The Squaw Man

The Squaw Man (known as The White Man in the United Kingdom) is a 1914 American silent Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar C. Apfel, and starring Dustin Farnum. It was DeMille’s directorial debut and one of the first feature films to be shot in what is now Hollywood.

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