The Godless Girl

The Godless Girl

Infobox Film
name = The Godless Girl

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caption = Title Cue
director = Cecil B. DeMille
producer = Cecil B. DeMille
writer = Beulah Marie Dix
Jeanie MacPherson
narrator =
starring = Lina Basquette
music =
cinematography = J. Peverell Marley
editing = Anne Bauchens
distributor = Pathe Exchange
released = 31 March 1929
runtime = 113 minutes
country = USA
language = Silent
English intertitles
budget =
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amg_id =
imdb_id = 0019935

"The Godless Girl" (1929) is a film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shown for years as his last completely silent film. However, the UCLA Film and Television Archive restored the film's dialogue scenes that were added during the transition of films from the silent era to the sound era, thereby restoring a film that was one of DeMille's first part-sound efforts.


This drama features a romance between an atheist girl, and the male head of a Christian youth organization. The two are at odds when they are thrown into a reform school, but fall in love. The film ends with a fire that breaks out in the school; after the girl is rescued there is an epilogue in which she apparently has been converted back to Christianity.

The film was very popular in the U.S.S.R. and in Germany, though it was a box office disaster in the US. When released in August 1928 in its silent film version, it was not a success. DeMille attributed the film’s failure to its already outmoded position in the transition from silent to sound cinema. Nor did it recover more than two-third of its production costs when released in a so-called "goat gland" version with the addition of a final talkie reel in 1929.

In 2007, a version was released by Photoplay Productions and George Eastman House, in association with the Cecil B. deMille Foundation and Film4, restored from deMille's own nitrate print, with a new music score by Carl Davis.


*Lina Basquette
*Marie Prevost
*Tom Keene (as James Duryea)
*Noah Beery
*Eddie Quillan
*Mary Jane Irving
*Gertrude Quality
*Kate Price
*Hedwiga Reicher
*Julia Faye
*Viola Louie
*Emily Barrye
*Jacqueline Dyrese
*Clarence Burton
*Richard Alexander
*Jimmy Aldine
*Vivian Bay
*Elaine Bennett
*Wade Boteler
*Betty Boyd
*Julia Brown
*Archie Burke
*Colin Chase
*Cameron Coffey
*Cecilia de Mille
*George D. Ellis
*Anielka Elter
*Jim Farley
*Larry Fisher
*Evelyn Francisco
*Mae Giraci
*Grace Gordon
*Milton Holmes
*William Humphrey
*George Irving
*Peaches Jackson
*Dolores Johnson
*Jane Keckley
*Patricia Kelly
*Nora Kildare
*Richard Lapan
*Don Marion
*Mary Mayberry
*Edith May
*Ida Mae McKenzie
*Collette Merton
*Buddy Messinger
*Pat Moore
*Jack Murphy
*Patricia Palmer
*Janice Peters
*Hortense Petra
*Rae Randall
*Billie Van Every
*Dorothy Wax

External links

*imdb title|id=0019935|title=The Godless Girl
* [ UCLA Graduate Student Film Programming: The Crank]

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