Maxwell DeMille in a tense moment, from "Hearts and Pearls"
Photo courtesy of Famous Pictures Company
Maxwell Stanley DeMille began
his illustrious career shortly after the Great War. He was the founder of the pioneering movie studio Famous Pictures Company in 1919 and went on to not only run the day to day operations of the business but appear in the pictures the studio produced.
His debut as an actor was
on April 21, 1924 in the production of Hearts and Pearls (or The
Lounge Lizard's Lost Love).
After several appearances
in numerous silent film comedies, DeMille produced his first Broadway Show "Jazz Babies
of 1929." This was followed by a string of other
popular productions such as "Kid Cyclone", "Hey Toots, It's
Me!", "Whoops!" and many others.
DeMille continued to produce live stage
shows and silent motion pictures until the beginning of World
War II. DeMille was a firm believer that motion pictures
should be silent and refused to make talking pictures.
While working as an undercover operative for
the Allied Forces in Africa, a chance encounter with
an Egyptian High Priestess would make a dramatic impact
on his life. Using the ancient secrets of The Scarab Beetle of Atum,
DeMille was able to reverse the process of aging
and bring new life to a faltering
the war, DeMille produced and directed
(Recreated in 2000 as a popular stage
In 1946, the post war
movie boom forced DeMille to change his views on
silent cinema. He produced and directed his first talking
motion picture On With The Show --- a
lavish technicolor madcap comedy now thought to be lost.
Little is known of
Maxwell DeMille's activities for the following thirty years, but in
1974 the feature film Sinister
Flesh was released with the credit of
"Entire Production Supervised by
, marking the return of an eternally young
In the 1990s, DeMille
once again turned his attention to the stage. Acting as
producer, director and performer in shows such as "The Black
Pirate Musical Spectacular", "Jazz Babies on
Broadway" and many others as listed on the
Maxwell DeMille appears as Master of Ceremonies for society's
most stylish social
He may currently be found at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club, his popular nightclub located in the 1928 Art Deco Oviatt building in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. DeMille's fabulous nightclub has been featured in the Academy Award winning motion picture "The Artist" and the hit televsion series "Mad Men".