Silent Feature: Joan the Woman


Studio: Cardinal Film Corporation
An Artcraft Picture
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Released: January 15, 1917

Featured Cast: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Theodore Roberts

Producer-director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff
Lighting: Howard Ewing
Musical score: William Furst
Editor: Cecil B. DeMille


Facing death in a Great War trench, a soldier is transported to the epoch in which he knew Joan of Arc.

Production Quotes

“Director General Cecil B. DeMille for the past few weeks has been working day and night, writing as well as directing. He is in personal charge of the grand Geraldine Farrar feature which is now being filmed.”

– J.C. Jessen, “In and Out of West Coast Studios,” Motion Picture News, Vol. 14, No. 6 (August 12, 1916)


“It is impossible to describe in detail what producer DeMille accomplished with such a wealth of material. Suffice it to say that no one else could have done more and few, if any, could have done as much.”

– The Weekly Variety, December 29, 1916

“Joan the Woman is a triumph for Geraldine Farrar but equally for Cecil DeMille. Through his long picture he has interpolated the personal and the spectacular with the fine result of dramatic contrast.”

– Peter Milne, The Motion Picture News, January 6, 1917

“If anything in the way of evidence were needed to convince the photoplay-going public that Cecil B. DeMille belongs in the front rank of the day, Joan the Woman should supply it in full measure.”

– George Blaisdell, The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1917

Artist Comment

“In the gory fight of the Siege of Orleans, we were all immersed in cold water up to our shoulders for hours. With the August sun blazing down upon us like a furnace, the water itself was pleasantly cool, but we nonetheless risked pneumonia. This battle raged for about a week, with retakes and closeups.”

– Geraldine Farrar, Such Sweet Compulsion


Joan the Woman cost $302,976.26 and grossed $605,731.30.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)