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HISTORY

Copyright records list Cecil B. DeMille as "author", but his direct participation in the film is unlikely. Modern sources credit Oscar C. Apfel with direction and William C. de Mille and Clara Beranger as scenarists. In addition to this version, Cameo Kirby has been made twice: in 1923 by Fox, directed by John Ford and starring John Gilbert; and in 1930, also by Fox, directed by Irving Cummings and starring J. Harold Murray. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 , F2.0750 and ... More Less

Copyright records list Cecil B. DeMille as "author", but his direct participation in the film is unlikely. Modern sources credit Oscar C. Apfel with direction and William C. de Mille and Clara Beranger as scenarists. In addition to this version, Cameo Kirby has been made twice: in 1923 by Fox, directed by John Ford and starring John Gilbert; and in 1930, also by Fox, directed by Irving Cummings and starring J. Harold Murray. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 , F2.0750 and F2.0751.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
16 Jan 15
p. 86, 112
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 47.
MPW
9 Jan 15
p. 200, 276
Variety
1 Jan 15
p. 29.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Cameo Kirby by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson (New York, 20 Dec 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 December 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
16 December 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3965
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In antebellum New Orleans, Gene Kirby, called Cameo because of his fondness for the stone, must sell his plantation and slaves after his father dies heavily in debt. After the auction, Cameo and family friend John Randall take a river boat cruise during which they encounter Col. Moreau, a crooked gambler. Having gambling skills of his own, Cameo is able to beat Moreau but at the same time wins everything that Randall owns. Randall, not knowing that Kirby intends to give his friend's losses back, commits suicide. When the body is taken ashore, Cameo meets Adele, Randall's daughter, and falls in love with her, but her brother Tom wants revenge. When Moreau and Cameo fight a duel, Moreau is killed, after which Tom removes the gun from his hand, thus implicating Cameo in a murder. Cameo becomes a fugitive, but he convinces Adele of his innocence. In the end, the gun is found on Tom, Cameo is cleared of the murder charge, and the Randall family realizes that he is a true Southern gentleman, worthy of marrying ... +


In antebellum New Orleans, Gene Kirby, called Cameo because of his fondness for the stone, must sell his plantation and slaves after his father dies heavily in debt. After the auction, Cameo and family friend John Randall take a river boat cruise during which they encounter Col. Moreau, a crooked gambler. Having gambling skills of his own, Cameo is able to beat Moreau but at the same time wins everything that Randall owns. Randall, not knowing that Kirby intends to give his friend's losses back, commits suicide. When the body is taken ashore, Cameo meets Adele, Randall's daughter, and falls in love with her, but her brother Tom wants revenge. When Moreau and Cameo fight a duel, Moreau is killed, after which Tom removes the gun from his hand, thus implicating Cameo in a murder. Cameo becomes a fugitive, but he convinces Adele of his innocence. In the end, the gun is found on Tom, Cameo is cleared of the murder charge, and the Randall family realizes that he is a true Southern gentleman, worthy of marrying Adele. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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