Silent Feature: A Romance of the Redwoods


Studio: Mary Pickford Corporation
An Artcraft Picture
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Released: May 14, 1917

Featured Cast: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter

Producer-director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson
Source: an original story by Cecil B. DeMille, Jeanie Macpherson
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff
Editor: Cecil B. DeMille


A Gold Rush bandit shelters an orphan who is ignorant of his crimes.

Production Quotes

“Director General Cecil B. DeMille has taken the Mary Pickford company to Santa Cruz this week for the coming Artcraft subject, which has to do with the days of the vigilantes.”

– J.C. Jessen, “In and Out of West Coast Studios,” Motion Picture News, Vol. 15, No. 15 (April 14, 1917)


“Mr. DeMille’s story moves along conventional but well-defined lines that give the star many effective moments in a character skillfully adapted to her personality. At the finish it introduces a situation that will please many of Miss Pickford’s admirers immensely; others will regret its use in a picture with which she is connected.”

– Edward Weitzel, The Moving Picture World, May 26, 1917

Artist Comment

“Mary’s fans were given something of a shock when the hero’s life was spared by the vigilantes so that he could marry Mary because she was seen knitting baby clothes. To her vast and adoring audience, Mary Pickford was the image of innocent girlhood. Premarital baby clothes did not fit the image. When the vigilantes were safely out of the way, it was revealed that they were really doll clothes; all was saved.”

– Cecil B. DeMille, Autobiography


A Romance of the Redwoods cost $134,831.65 and grossed $424,718.52.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)