Jesse Jr. was, of course, the son of DeMille’s great friend and business partner, Jesse L. Lasky. After apprenticing at other studios in the early 1930s, Jesse Jr. joined the DeMille writing staff as an uncredited writer on The Buccaneer (1938). It was under DeMille’s tutelage that he truly learned how to tell a story on film. He related in his memoirs that DeMille was a taskmaster; demanding, mercurial, but insistent on finding the most original way to write a scene. Jesse Jr. contributed key sequences to DeMille’s most successful films, including Union Pacific, Samson and Delilah, and The Ten Commandments.