Silent Feature: The Road to Yesterday


Studio: Cecil B. DeMille Pictures
Producers Distributing Corporation
Released: November 15, 1925

Featured Cast: Joseph Schildkraut, Jetta Goudal, William Boyd

Producer-director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriters: Jeanie Macpherson, Beulah Marie Dix
Source: the play by Beulah Marie Dix, Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland
Art directors: Paul Iribe, Mitchell Leisen, Anton Grot
Photography: J. Peverell Marley
Film editor: Anne Bauchens


Troubled newlyweds try to solve their problems by recalling the distant past.

Production Quotes

“Frank Urson will turn his attention to casting The Road to Yesterday, Cecil B. DeMille’s first personally directed offering through Producers Distributing Corporation.”

– “Urson Will Assist DeMille,” Motion Picture News, Vol. XXXI, No. 23 (June 6, 1925)


“The train wreck in The Road to Yesterday is one of the most realistic that has ever been filmed, and evidences Cecil B. DeMille’s skill at its best. This episode was roundly applauded at the Figueroa Theater last night.”

– Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times, November 14 , 1925


The Road to Yesterday cost $477,479.29 and grossed $522,665.77.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)