Silent Feature: The Rose of the Rancho


Studio: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Released: November 30, 1914

Featured Cast: Bessie Barriscale, Jane Darwell, Monroe Salisbury, Jeanie Macpherson

Producer: Jesse L. Lasky
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: Cecil B. DeMille
Source: the play by David Belasco, Richard Walton Tully
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff


A government agent must save his sweetheart’s ranch from outlaws.


“The first exhibition of this remarkable picture was given on Sunday evening to an audience that filled the Belasco Theatre and sat spellbound from the introduction of the characters to the last beautiful scene in the Padre’s garden.”

– William A. Johnston, Motion Picture News, Vol. 10, No. 21 (November 28, 1914)

Artist Comment

“The Rose of the Rancho marked my first association with one who was to become one of Hollywood’s best known writers, Jeanie Macpherson. Jeanie was then an actress, a lovely, petite girl, sensitively feminine but with the high spirits of one descended from a clan whose head could use the noble Scottish title, The Macpherson.”

– Cecil B. DeMille, Autobiography


The Rose of the Rancho cost $16,988.01 and grossed $87,028.35.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)