Silent Feature: The Warrens of Virginia


Studio: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Released: February 15, 1915

Featured Cast: Blanche Sweet, James Neill, Mabel Van Buren

Producer: Jesse L. Lasky
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: William C. de Mille
Source: the William C. de Mille play
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff


A young Southern woman shelters a Yankee spy whom she loved before the Civil War.


“Contrasting conditions of the South before, and near the close of the Civil War, are featured in the film version of the successful Belasco production, The Warrens of Virginia in such a true-to-life manner that this subject is worthy of being termed educational.”

– J. C. Jessen, Motion Picture News, February 20, 1915

Artist Comment

“The first screenplay of my brother’s that I directed was his own The Warrens of Virginia. We had many reasons to be sentimental about it. David Belasco had produced Bill’s stage version with great success. I had played in it.”

– Cecil B. DeMille, Autobiography


The Warrens of Virginia cost $28,359.59 and grossed $85,769.96.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)