Walking Back is a 1928 silent drama film directed by Rupert Julian and an uncredited 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
Rupert Julian was the first New Zealand cinema actor, director, writer and producer. Born Thomas Percival Hayes in Whangaroa, New Zealand, Son of John Daly Hayes and Eliza Harriet Hayes. Rupert Julian performed on stage and in film both in his native country and Australia before emigrating to the... United States in 1912, where he started his career as an actor in New York before working in silent movies. He turned to directing in 1915, often directing his wife Elsie Jane Wilson , and earned a substantial sum for his film The_Kaiser,_the_Beast_of_Berlin which he wrote, produced, and directed, while also starring in the title role. This made him something of a star in Hollywood at the time, and opened doors to larger projects with Universal Studios. He was assigned to complete Merry-Go-Round in 1923 when director Erich von Stroheim was fired from it. In 1924, he directed Lon Chaney in the first cut of The Phantom of the Opera, which was largely revisited at the request of the production.more