CECIL B. DEMILLE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1954 - HFSID 252373
Sale Price $450.00
CECIL B. deMILLE
Formal seated Paramount publicity photograph of the Academy Award-winning producer and director to promote the filming of deMille's 1932 film, The Sign of the Cross.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harry Wilkinson/With Best Wishes/Cecil B. deMille". B/w, 7½x9½. Paramount Publicity Photograph. Typed caption on verso: "DE MILLE FILMS HIS GREATEST TALKING PICTURE!/Rivalling the magnitude of his earlier successes, 'The Ten Commandments' and 'King of Kings,' Paramount's 'The Sign of the Cross,' spectacular romance of life in the pagan Rome of Nero's day, has been launched by Cecil B. De Mille." Ink note (unknown hand) dates signature as "1954". The Sign of the Cross, which was produced and directed by deMille, was released in 1932.In 1954, deMille presented the Best Picture Academy Award on The 26th Annual Academy Awards telecast. Cecil Blount DeMille (1881-1959) won an Academy Award for Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and he was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for The Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille, who produced his first film (The Squaw Man) in 1914 and his last (The Buccaneer) in 1958, crafted several Westerns, such asThe Plainsman (1937) and other films, including The Greatest Show on Earth, but he is best known for producing and directing epic films (both silents and "talkies") inspired by the Bible and other themes of antiquity. These include The Ten Commandments (both the 1923 and 1956 versions), The King of Kings (1927), Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934) and Samson and Delilah (1949). He also produced such films as Adam's Rib (1923), The Volga Boatman (1926), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and The War of the Worlds (1953). DeMille, who appeared in several of his films, also wrote the stories and plays upon which several films were based. He also hosted and directed Lux Radio Theatre from 1936-1945, and DeMille was one of the 36 co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Surface creased, touching facial image and writing. Corners have been chipped away, tack holes at corners of image. One-inch tear at upper right background. Verso is soiled. Overall, fair condition.
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