The Call of the North is a 1914 silent adventure-drama film directed by Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille.
Cecil Blount DeMille was an American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra; Samson and Delilah; The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the... Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments, which was his last and most successful film. DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts while his parents were vacationing there and grew up in Washington, North Carolina. While he is known as DeMille , his family name was Dutch and is usually spelled "de Mil". His father, Henry Churchill DeMille , was a North Carolina-born dramatist and lay reader in the Episcopal Church, who had earlier begun a career as a playwright, writing his first play at age 15. His mother was Beatrice DeMille , whose parents were both of German Jewish heritage. She emigrated from England with her parents in 1871, when she was 18, where they settled in Brooklyn, New York. According to biographer Carol Easton, Beatrice grew up in a middle-class English household.more
Oscar C. Apfel was an American film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He appeared in 167 films between 1913 and 1939, and also directed 94 films between 1911 and 1927. Born in Cleveland, Ohio. After a number of years in commerce, he decided to adopt the stage a a profession. He secured... his first professional engagement in 1900, in his hometown. He rose rapidly and soon held a position as director and producer and was at the time noted as being the youngest stage director in America. He spent eleven years on the stage on Broadway then joined the Edison Company. Apfel first directed for the Edison Company in 1911-12, where he made the innovative short film The Passer-By . He also did some experimental work at Edison's laboratory in Orange, on the Edison Talking Pictures devices. When Apfel left the Edison company, he joined the Reliance and Majestic Company, remaining with them eighteen months. In 1913, he became one of two main directors for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, the other being Cecil B. DeMille. All the first Lasky pictures were produced under his direction.more