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Character names above were taken from 2013 DVD intertitles, which appeared to be genuine.
       As noted in news items and reviews, The Road to Yesterday was the first film personally directed by Cecil B. De Mille for independent release by Producers Distributing Corp. A publicity still for the film in the 25 Sep 1925 issue of the Exhibitors Trade Review reported that actresses Rita Carita, Doris Rink, Alice Queensbury and Frances Dare were in the cast, but their appearance in the film, if at all, may have been as background performers. Several news items reported that De Mille's seventeen-year-old daughter, Cecilia De Mille, was cast in a "minor role," but her appearance in the released film has not been verified. A 29 Jun 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review news item reported that cameraman Arthur Miller had just been signed by De Mille to a long-term contract, and would photograph The Road to Yesterday, but the picture was photographed by Peverell Marley.
       According to news items, portions of the film were shot on location in the Grand ... More Less

Character names above were taken from 2013 DVD intertitles, which appeared to be genuine.
       As noted in news items and reviews, The Road to Yesterday was the first film personally directed by Cecil B. De Mille for independent release by Producers Distributing Corp. A publicity still for the film in the 25 Sep 1925 issue of the Exhibitors Trade Review reported that actresses Rita Carita, Doris Rink, Alice Queensbury and Frances Dare were in the cast, but their appearance in the film, if at all, may have been as background performers. Several news items reported that De Mille's seventeen-year-old daughter, Cecilia De Mille, was cast in a "minor role," but her appearance in the released film has not been verified. A 29 Jun 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review news item reported that cameraman Arthur Miller had just been signed by De Mille to a long-term contract, and would photograph The Road to Yesterday, but the picture was photographed by Peverell Marley.
       According to news items, portions of the film were shot on location in the Grand Canyon. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 May 1925
p. 26.
Exhibitors Trade Review
29 Jun 1925
p. 19.
Exhibitors Trade Review
11 Jul 1925
p. 16.
Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Aug 1925
p. 27.
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Sep 1925
p. 43.
Exhibitors Trade Review
25 Sep 1925
p, 34.
Exhibitors Trade Review
14 Nov 1925
p. 33.
Film Daily
15 Nov 1925
p. 4.
Moving Picture World
12 Dec 1925
p. 574.
New York Times
1 Dec 1925
p. 22.
Photoplay
Jan 1926
p. 48.
Variety
6 Jul 1925
p. 21.
Variety
2 Dec 1925
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Cecil B. De Mille's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Pers dir
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
SOURCES
LITERARY
From the famous play The Road to Yesterday by Beulah Marie Dix and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland (New York, 31 Dec 1906).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1925
Production Date:
15 June--mid September 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Cinema Corp. of America
Copyright Date:
26 October 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21944
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
9,980
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kenneth and Malena Paulton are honeymooning at a Grand Canyon hotel, but despite her love for Ken, Malena cannot stand his caresses. Ken attributes her attitude to his infirm arm, which he keeps in a sling. When he goes to Jack Moreland, a young minister who is spending his summer in charge of a nearby boys' camp, for advice, Jack tells him to pray to God for help. Staying at the same hotel are Bess Tyrell and her Aunt Harriett, nicknamed "Rady," who believes in the occult and in reincarnation. Bess falls in love with Jack Moreland, but turns down his proposal when she learns he is a minister. A specialist examines Ken's arm and tells him it must be operated on at once. Ken denounces Jack as a charlatan. By coincidence all four are on the same train to San Francisco, California, when it is involved in a wreck. Malena is trapped, and Bess, in a delirium, is transported back in time to 17th century England, where the characters reenact their past lives: Ken is a knight; Malena a Gypsy girl; and Jack her lover of old. Awakening from her dream, Bess finds herself in Jack's arms. Ken rescues Malena, who has lost all fear of him, and happiness comes to both ... +


Kenneth and Malena Paulton are honeymooning at a Grand Canyon hotel, but despite her love for Ken, Malena cannot stand his caresses. Ken attributes her attitude to his infirm arm, which he keeps in a sling. When he goes to Jack Moreland, a young minister who is spending his summer in charge of a nearby boys' camp, for advice, Jack tells him to pray to God for help. Staying at the same hotel are Bess Tyrell and her Aunt Harriett, nicknamed "Rady," who believes in the occult and in reincarnation. Bess falls in love with Jack Moreland, but turns down his proposal when she learns he is a minister. A specialist examines Ken's arm and tells him it must be operated on at once. Ken denounces Jack as a charlatan. By coincidence all four are on the same train to San Francisco, California, when it is involved in a wreck. Malena is trapped, and Bess, in a delirium, is transported back in time to 17th century England, where the characters reenact their past lives: Ken is a knight; Malena a Gypsy girl; and Jack her lover of old. Awakening from her dream, Bess finds herself in Jack's arms. Ken rescues Malena, who has lost all fear of him, and happiness comes to both couples. +

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