- The Godless Girl
name = The Godless Girl
caption = Title Cue
Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
writer = Beulah Marie Dix
cinematography = J. Peverell Marley
distributor = Pathe Exchange
runtime = 113 minutes
country = USA
language = Silent
imdb_id = 0019935
"The Godless Girl" (1929) is a film directed by
Cecil B. DeMille, shown for years as his last completely silent film. However, the UCLA Film and Television Archiverestored the film's dialogue scenes that were added during the transition of films from the silent era to the sound era, thereby restoring a film that was one of DeMille's first part-sound efforts.
This drama features a romance between an
atheistgirl, and the male head of a Christianyouth organization. The two are at odds when they are thrown into a reform school, but fall in love. The film ends with a fire that breaks out in the school; after the girl is rescued there is an epiloguein which she apparently has been converted back to Christianity.
The film was very popular in the
U.S.S.R.and in Germany, though it was a box officedisaster in the US. When released in August 1928 in its silent filmversion, it was not a success. DeMille attributed the film’s failure to its already outmoded position in the transition from silent to sound cinema. Nor did it recover more than two-third of its production costs when released in a so-called "goat gland" version with the addition of a final talkiereel in 1929.
In 2007, a version was released by
Photoplay Productionsand George Eastman House, in association with the Cecil B. deMille Foundation and Film4, restored from deMille's own nitrate print, with a new music score by Carl Davis.
Tom Keene(as James Duryea)
Mary Jane Irving
Cecilia de Mille
George D. Ellis
Ida Mae McKenzie
Billie Van Every
*imdb title|id=0019935|title=The Godless Girl
* [http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/thecrank/v2/pages/notes/Godless%20Girl.html UCLA Graduate Student Film Programming: The Crank]
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