Author Archive for: ‘Peter Lee’

Green Olives Seeing Red: Gangsters, Youngsters, and Insurrection in Cecil B. DeMille’s This Day and Age (1933)

In 1933, after a decade of filming wives changing husbands before repenting before the sign of the cross, director Cecil B. DeMille briefly stopped filling his celluloid bathtubs with ass’s milk and instead brewed gin. In his autobiography, the veteran showman recalled the Great Depression as a wake-up call for Americans. Switching to the Democratic ticket for the 1932 election, …

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