Silent Feature: We Can’t Have Everything


Studio: An Artcraft Picture
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Released: July 15, 1918

Featured Cast: Kathlyn Williams, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall

Producer-director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: William C. de Mille
Source: the Rupert Hughes novel
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff
Editor: Anne Bauchens


Two society couples separate and then re-meet while a movie is being made.


“Imagine the proceedings at a divorce court recounted by a skilled novelist with a highly developed bump of satire and not a little sense of humor and you gain a faint idea of We Can’t Have Everything.”

– Peter Milne, The Motion Picture News, July 20, 1918

Letters From Regional Theater Owners

“We Can’t Have Everything is a fine title for a good picture. A good drawing card.”

– Frank Steffy, Coliseum Theatre, Seattle, Washington, Exhibitors Herald, Vol. VIII, No. 5 (July 27, 1918)


We Can’t Have Everything cost $61,267.83 and grossed $207,890.42.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)