Silent Feature: The Trail of the Lonesome Pine


Studio: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Released: February 14, 1916

Featured Cast: Charlotte Walker, Theodore Roberts

Producer: Jesse L. Lasky
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson
Source: the John Fox Jr. novel and the Eugene Walter play
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff


While investigating a moonshine ring in the Cumberland Mountains, an agent falls in love with the daughter of the gang leader.

Production Quotes

“One of the mammoth redwood trees in the national forest near Santa Cruz, California, has been named ‘DeMille’ by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce in honor of a visit by Cecil B. DeMille and the company when they were making The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.”

– J.C. Jessen, “In and Out of Los Angeles Studios,” Motion Picture News, Vol. 13, No. 6 (February 12, 1916)


“Cecil B. DeMille has made a truly artistic picture and he has overlooked no opportunities, so far as we can see, to provide telling situations, and ‘punch’—if we may be allowed to coin a phrase!”

– Harry F. Thew, The Motion Picture News, Vol. 13, No. 8 (February 26, 1916)


The Trail of the Lonesome Pine cost $22,249.12 and grossed $77,944.00.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)