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Jeanie Macpherson
Jeanie MacPherson
Jeannie MacPherson
screenwriter
Jeanie Macpherson is best known as Cecil B. DeMille’s screenwriter since she collaborated exclusively with the director-producer from 1915 through the silent era and into the sound era, in a working relationship lasting fifteen years.
DOB: 05/18/1888
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Jeanie Macpherson

Lived:
May 18, 1888 - August 26, 1946
Also Known As:
Jeanie MacPherson, Jeannie MacPherson
Worked as:
director, film actress, screenwriter
Worked In:
United States
by Jane Gaines
Jeanie Macpherson, early screen role, BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a), early screen role. BYU

Jeanie Macpherson, BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a). BYU

Jeanie Macpherson is best known as Cecil B. DeMille’s screenwriter since she collaborated exclusively with the director-producer from 1915 through the silent era and into the sound era, in a working relationship lasting fifteen years. Like many other women who became established as screenwriters, she began her career as a performer, first as a dancer and then as an actress. Her numerous acting screen credits begin in 1908, and nearly thirty of the short films she appeared in for the Biograph Company, most directed by D. W. Griffith, are extant. At Universal Pictures, Macpherson began to write, but due to a fluke she also directed the one film that she wrote there—a one-reel Western, The Tarantula (1913), according to a 1916 Photoplay article (95). Although Anthony Slide cannot confirm the success of the film, both he and Charles Higham retell the story that when the film negative was destroyed by accident, the actress was asked to reshoot the entire motion picture just as she recalled it since the original director was unavailable (Slide 1977, 60; Higham 1973, 38).

Jeanie Macpherson imagines scenario, BYU

Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) imagines scenario. BYU

Jeanie Macpherson on set of  "Joan The Woman" (1917). BYU

Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) on set of Joan The Woman (1917). BYU

There are several versions of how Jeanie Macpherson, out of work after The Tarantula, was hired by DeMille at the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. The most elaborate version is from Higham, who describes Macpherson’s attempt to get an acting job as involving a series of battles between the two while the director was shooting Rose of the Rancho (1914) (38–40). The tempestuousness of their relationship is echoed in DeMille’s account of their final breakup at a luncheon thirty years later: “I disagreed with Jeanie rather sharply—she got up and left the table—I said, if you go now you can’t come back” (BYU, Dec. 1953 note, box 15, fldr. 65). Stormy or not, the relationship appears to have been highly productive, if screen credits are any indication. Of the silent films produced and/or directed by DeMille in the 1915–1930 period, Macpherson is given scenario credit on thirty-two (Cherchi Usai and Codelli 1991, 20). Still, the question of DeMille’s relation to Macpherson has continued to color the assessment of her involvement in the silent film industry, where she was on the board of Palmer Photoplay Company and listed as a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) with Cecil B. DeMille. BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) with Cecil B. DeMille. BYU

Jeanie Macpherson (a/d) The Tarantula (1913), AMPAS

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) The Tarantula (1913). AMPAS

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation Payroll 4/17/28

 Famous Players-Lasky Corporation Payroll 4/17/28

The director’s niece Agnes deMille (different spelling) confirms that Macpherson was one of DeMille’s three mistresses, the others of whom were the actress Julia Faye and his secretary Gladys Rosson, liaisons publicly accepted by Constance DeMille, the director’s wife (deMille 1990, 182–183). The significance of Macpherson’s part in her collaboration with DeMille, however, still needs to be clarified, particularly since the record is contradictory. In a 1957 interview DeMille says of Macpherson: “She was not a good writer. She would bring in wonderful ideas but she could not carry a story all the way through in writing. Her name is on many things because she wrote with me. I carried the story and she would bring me many, many ideas. You’ll find her name on a lot of scripts.” The daughter of Beulah Marie Dix (Flebbe), Evelyn Flebbe Scott, recalls that her mother, one of the top Lasky Company writers, although more impressed with screenwriter Frances Marion, still respected Macpherson for understanding exactly what DeMille wanted in every scene: “Mother never really thought of her as a writer, but as an exceptional collaborator for an exceptional man… Jeanie had a genius (for some reason everybody called her ‘Janie,’ so there is no alliteration) for putting this on paper” (70). Yet another story is told by the salary records of the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. In 1918, Macpherson was making less than Marion Fairfax but more than Beulah Marie Dix, and by the mid-1920s, she was the highest paid employee in the scenario department.

Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) with photo of Cecil B. DeMille. BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) with photo of Cecil B. DeMille. BYU

Jeanie Macpherson with Cecil and Constance DeMille and daughter Cissy, BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) with Cecil and Constance DeMille and daughter Cissy. BYU

DeMille credited Jeanie Macpherson and paid her well, but may not have fully understood her point of view. In his autobiography he praises her choice of the title for his 1917 film about Joan of Arc, but while he says he sees the title Joan, the Woman as emphasizing the “humanity” over the sainthood of the historical figure, he doesn’t mention that the film turned her into a “woman” by giving the celibate saint a torrid romance (DeMille 1959, 171). In 1924, DeMille made some attempts to secure for Macpherson the rights to the original stories that she had written for him. These included Forbidden Fruit (1921), Adam’s Rib (1923), The Little American (1917), Don’t Change Your Husband (1919), and The Ten Commandments (1923) (Higashi 1994, 227). Macpherson is also credited with Hector Turnbull on the DeMille classic, The Cheat (1915), the Gloria Swanson vehicles Male and Female (1919) and Manslaughter (1922), and many of the melodramas of marriage and divorce for which the director was legendary, although he later mused that she probably didn’t take as much credit as she might have (DeMille 1959, 342). Since about seventy-five percent of the films on which Macpherson’s name appears survive, a more in-depth analysis is due, beginning with her original story for The Little American (1917), a Mary Pickford vehicle. Set in the US prior to and during World War I, the film features Pickford as an American girl heiress (Angela Moore), torn between German and French suitors. Her indecision is played out over the siege of her aunt’s French chateau, where she is attacked by her own former lover, the German Karl, who fights her in the dark until the lights go on and her identity is revealed. Karl renounces Prussian ruthlessness, but is still unable to keep the German officers from attacking women, and the Pickford character complains in the intertitle: “Somewhere in this house—there must be a man who is something more than a splendidly drilled beast!” The American flag-waving patriotism, ordered by studio head Jesse Lasky in a 1917 letter to DeMille, may be excessive for later decades. Standing for all Americans, Pickford single-handedly proves to be more courageous than the French, who appeal to her to intervene to stop a firing squad. Although the film retains the characteristic lightheartedness of a Pickford comedy, its structure calls attention to the ludicrousness of war by juxtaposing stubborn love with belligerent animosity. The Little American deserves comparison with at least one of Frances Marion’s screenplays for Pickford. Like The Love Light (1921), which Marion wrote and also directed, The Little American is an antiwar film, and in casting Mary Pickford in films about the heart-wrenching trauma of World War I, both films dare to add bitterness to the sweet Pickford persona.

Jeanie Macpherson on set of "Joan The Woman" (1917). BYU

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) on set of Joan The Woman (1917). BYU

Mary Pickford (a) The Little American (1917), PCJY

 Mary Pickford (a) The Little American (1917).  PCJY

 One-sheet for The Little American (1917), PCRB

More research needs to be done on DeMille’s total paternalism, which extended to his talented secretary Gladys Rosson as well as to Academy Award-winning editor Anne Bauchens, both of whom, like Macpherson, never married. DeMille’s guardianship involved managing Macpherson’s finances—deducting her back income taxes from her salary—and even rescuing her from bankruptcy after their relationship had ended around 1930. The end of the relationship was the end of her career, and she died August 26, 1946.

Jeanie Macpherson death certificate

 Jeanie Macpherson (w/d/a) death certificate

We are left to interpret documents like Macpherson’s portrait of the producer titled “DeMille,” where she defends him fiercely, attempting to soften the man who was known for his cold monomania: “Scintillating, dominant and magnetic. Or as shy as a boy at graduation is Cecil B. DeMille. A connoisseur of rare tapestries, and gems, and human beings.” Jeanie Macpherson’s own capabilities should not be in question, however, as much evidence points to her New Woman risk-taking resourcefulness, the most well-known example of which was her passion for piloting airplanes (Beach 54).

With additional research by Elisa Lleras

 


Selected Bibliography

Beach, Barbara. “The Literary Dynamo.” Moving Picture World (13 July 1921): 54 - 55, 81.

Cherchi Usai, Paolo, and Lorenzo Codelli. “The DeMille Legacy: An Introduction.” In Paolo Cherchi Usai and Lorenzo Codelli, eds. L’eredità DeMille/ The DeMille Legacy. Pordenone: Edizione Biblioteca dell’immagine, 1991, 14 – 29.

deMille, Agnes. Portrait Gallery. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.

------. Interview with Art Arthur. Typescript. 17 July 1957.[ Box 13, fldr. 8. Cecil B. DeMille Archives, BYU].

Higashi, Sumiko. Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Higham, Charles. Cecil B. DeMille. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1973.

Lasky, Jesse L. Letter to Cecil B. DeMille. 5 March 1917. repr. in Cherchi Usai and Codelli, 517.

Macpherson, Jeanie. “DeMille.” Unpublished ms. Cecil B. DeMille Archives, BYU.

------. The Necessity and Value of Theme in the Photoplay. Los Angeles: Palmer Photoplay Co., 1920.

Martin, Alice. “From ‘Wop’ Parts to Bossing the Job.” Photoplay (June 1916): 95.

Scott, Evelyn F. Hollywood When Silents Were Golden. New York: McGraw Hill, 1972.

Archiva Paper Collections:

Cecil B. DeMille Archives. BYU.

Jeanie Macpherson scrapbook. AMPAS-SC.

Jeanie Macpherson clippings file. AMPAS-SC.

Complete Project Bibliographies

Filmography

A. Archival Filmography: Extant Film Titles:

1. Jeanie Macpherson as Screenwriter

Carmen. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: William C. de Mille, Jeanie Macpherson (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1915) cas.: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels. Archive: USR, USM, RUR, GBB.

The Cheat. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Cecil B. DeMille, Jeanie Macpherson, E.W. Towsend (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1915) cas.: Victor Moore, Camille Astor, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels; 5,210 ft. Archive: USR.

Chimmie Fadden Out West. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Hector Turnbull and Jeanie Macpherson (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1915) cas.: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels. Archive: BEB, ITG, USR, USW, GBB, USL, USF, USI.

The Golden Chance. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson and Cecil B. DeMille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1916) cas.: Cleo Ridgely, Wallace Reid, si, b&w, 6 reels. Archive: USR.

The Heart of Nora Flynn. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, Hector Turnbull (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1916) cas.: Mary Doro, Elliott Dexter, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels. Archive: USR.

Joan the Woman. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, William C. de Mille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1916) cas.: Geraldne Farrar, Raymond Hatton, si, b&w, 35mm, 10 reels. Archive: USR, USF, FRB, GBB.

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson and Cecil B. DeMille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1916) cas.: Charlotte Walker, Theodore Roberts, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels. Archive: USR, USW.

The Devil-Stone. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Deatrice C. DeMille, Leighton Osmun, Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1917) cas.: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, si, b&w, 5 reels; 5,905 ft. Archive: USW.

The Little American. Prod.: Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford, dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, Cecil B. DeMille, cost.: Lucy Duff-Gordon (Mary Pickford Film Corp. US 1917) cas.: Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, si, b&w, 6 reels, 5,925 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL, ITG.

Romance of the Redwoods. Prod.:Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford, dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, Cecil B. DeMille (Mary Pickford Film Corp. US 1917) cas.: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, si, b&w, 35mm, 7 reels. Archive: USR.

The Woman God Forgot. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: William C. de Mille, Jeanie Macpherson, cost. : Natacha Rambova  (Artcraft Pictures Corp. US 1917) cas.: Raymond Hatton, Geraldine Farrar, si, b&w, 6 reels; 5,192 ft. Archive: USR, ITG

Old Wives for New. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson and Cecil B. DeMille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1918) cas.: Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor. si, b&w, 7 reels; 6,249 ft. Archive: USR, USF.

Till I Come Back to You. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players-Lasky Corp. US 1918) cas.: Bryant Washburn, Florence Vidor. si, b&w, 35mm, 6 reels; 6,249 ft. Archive: USR.

The Whispering Chorus. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players-Lasky Corp. US 1918) cas.: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams. si, b&w, 7 reels; 6,655 ft. Archive: USR, USL, USF and GBB.

Don’t Change Your Husband. Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson. (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1919) cas.: Gloria Swanson, Lew Cody, si, b&w, 5 reels. Archive: USR, CAQ, BEB, SES.

For Better or For Worse. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: William C. de Mille, Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1919) cas.: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, si, b&w, 7 reels; 6,890 ft. Archive: USR.

Male and Female. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc./adp.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1919) cas.: Thomas Meighan, Gloria Swanson, si, b&w, 9 reels. Archive: USR, USM, USW, USL, USF, BEB, BRR, PLW, ITN.

Something to Think About. Dir.: Cecil B. DeMile, st.: Jeanie Macpherson, cost.: Clare West, Natacha Rambova (Famous Players-Lasky Corp. US 1920) cas.: Gloria Swanson,  si, b&w, 35mm. Archive: USR, NLA

The Affairs of Anatol/ Five Kisses, Anotol. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corporation US 1921) cas.: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Elliot Dexter, Elinor Glyn, si, b&w, 35mm, 9 reels; 8,508 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL, BEB, DEI, PLW, RUR, DKK.

Forbidden Fruit. Dir.: Cecil B. DeMile, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson,  cost.: Clare West, Natacha Rambova, Mitchell Leisen, ard.: Natacha Rambova, Mitchell Leisen (Famous Players-Lasky Corp. US 1921) cas.: Kathlyn Williams, si, b&w, 35mm., 8 reels; 7,804 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL, USM, RUR.

Saturday Night. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1922) cas.: Leatrice Joy, Conrad Nagel, si, b&w, 35mm, 9 reels. Archive: USR, USL, USF, NLA, BEB.

Manslaughter. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc./adp.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players-Lasky Corp. US 1922) cas.: Thomas Meighan, Leatrice Joy, si, b&w, 10 reels; 9,061 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USM, NLA.

Adam’s Rib. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1923) cas.: Milton Sills, Elliott Dexter. si, b&w/col, 10 reels; 9,526. Archive: USR.

The Ten Commandments. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1923) cas.: Theodore Roberts, Charles De Roche, si, b&w, 13 reels; 12,397. Archive: USR, USW, USM, NLA.

Triumph. Prod/dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc./adp.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1924) Cas.: Leatrice Joy, Rod La Rocque, si, b&w, 8 reels; 8,288 ft. Archive: USR, USW.

The Golden Bed. Prod./Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Famous Players- Lasky Corp. US 1925) cas.: Lillian Rich, Vera Reynolds, si, b&w, 35mm, 9 reels; 8,584 ft. Archive: USR.

The Road to Yesterday. Prod./Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, adp.: Jeanie Macpherson (DeMille Pictures Corp. US 1925) cas.: Joseph Schildkraut, Jetta Goudal, si, b&w, 35mm, 10 reels; 9,980 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL.

Her Man o’ War. Dir.: Frank Urson, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, Charles Logue (DeMille Pictures Corp. US 1926) cas.: Jetta Goudal, William Boyd. si, b&w, 6 reels; 6,102 ft. Archive: USL

Young April. Dir.: Donald Crisp, adp.: Jeanie Macpherson, Douglas Z. Doty (DeMille Pictures Corp. US 1926) cas.: Joseph Schildkraut, Rudolph Schildkraut, si, b&w, 7 reels; 6,858 ft. Archive: USR, USL, FRB, ROB, ESB.

The King of Kings. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (DeMille Pictures Corp. US 1927) cas.: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming. si/sd, b&w/col, 18 reels. Archive: USR, USW, USL, BEB, ITG, ITN, ROB, GBB.

The Godless Girl/ Les Damnes Du Cœur. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, Ernest Pascal, ttl : Beulah Marie Dix, ed.: Anne Bauchens (DeMille Pictures Corp. US 1928) cas.: Lina Basquette, Marie Prevost. si/sd, b&w, 12 reels; 9,328 ft. Archive: USR, USL, RUR, ITC, ITN.

Dynamite. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson. (Metro Goldwin Mayer Corp. US 1929) cas.: Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford. si, b&w, 14 reels; 10,771 ft. Archive: USL.

Madam Satan. Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson, (Metro Goldwin Mayer Corp. US 1930) cas.: Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny. b&w, 13 reels; 10,320 ft. Archive: USR.

2. Jeanie Macpherson as Actress

The Christmas Burglars. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Florence Lawrence, Adele De Garde, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 679 ft. Archive: USW.

The Clubman and the Tramp. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Florence Lawrence, Mack Sennett, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 994 ft. Archive: USW.

Concealing a Burglar. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, reel; 663 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Fatal Hour. Dir./sc.: D.W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: George Hebhardt, Harry Solter, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 663 ft. Archive: USW, USR.

Father Gets in the Game. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Mack Sennett, Harry Solter, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w,1 reel; 604 ft. Archive: USW,  ITG.

Money Mad. Dir./sc.: D.W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Inslee, Charles Solter, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 684 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

A Smoked Husband. Dir./sc.: D.W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Florence Laurence, John R. Cumpson, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 469 ft. Archive: USW, GBB.

The Test of Friendship. Dir./sc.: D.W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 775 ft. Archive: USW.

The Vaquero’s Vow. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1908) cas.: Charles Inslee, Harry Solter, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w,1 reel; 804 ft. Archive: USW.

Confidence. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 973/990 ft. Archive: USW, USM, USF.

The Curtain Pole. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: D. W. Griffith, Mack Sennett (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Linda Arvidson, Mack Sennett, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 635 ft. Archive: USW.

The Day After. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, Frank Powell, sc.: Mary Pickford (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Marion Leonard, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 460 ft. Archive: USW, USM, USF.

The Death Disc.Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Frank E.Woods (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: George Nicholls, Marion Leonard, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 995 ft. Archive: USW, USM, GBB.

In a Hempen Bag. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Grace Henderson, Ruth Hart, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 455 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

In Little Italy. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Frank E. Woods (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Leonard Marion, George Nicholls, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 956 ft. Archive: USW, USM, DEK.

In the Window Recess. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Frank E. Woods (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: George Nichols, Adele De Garde, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 337 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

A Midnight Adventure. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Mary Pickford, Billy Quirk, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 519 ft. Archive: USW.

Mr. Jones has a Card Party. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: D. W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 584 ft. Archive: USW.

Mrs. Jones Entertains; Jones Entertains. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: D. W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 635 ft. Archive: USW.

The Open Gate. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: George Nicholls, Kate Bruce, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 988 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Peachbasket Hat. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: John R. Cumpson, Anita Hendrie, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 666 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

Sweet Revenge. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Marion Leonard, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 471 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

Through the Breakers. Dir.: D. W. Griffith, sc.: Stanner E. V. Taylor (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Marion Leonard, Adele De Garde, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 974 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USM, USF, GBB.

Tragic Love. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: John Arthur, Linda Arvidson, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 892 ft. Archive: USW.

Winning Coat. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Owen Moore, Marion Leonard, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 767 ft. Archive: USM.

A Wreath in Time. Dir./sc.: D. W. Griffith (American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. US 1909) cas.: Florence Lawrence, Mack Sennett, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 558 ft. Archive: USW.

An Affair of the Hearts. Dir.: D. W. Griffith and Frank Powell, sc.: Stanner E. V. Taylor (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Florence Barker, Billy Quirk, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 967 ft. Archive: USW, USM, USF.

The Call. Dir.: D. W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Florence Barker, Henry B. Walthall, James Kirkwood, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w. Archive: USW, USM.

A Child’s Stratagem. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Belle Taylor (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Edwin August, Stephanie Longfellow, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

A Gold Necklace. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Frank E. Woods (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Kate Bruce, Mary Pickford, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 576 ft. Archive: USW

His Sister-In-Law. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: M.B. Harvey (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Lottie Pickford, Gradys Egan, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Lesson. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Dell Henderson (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: W. Chrystie Miller, Joseph Graybill, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 994 ft. Archive: USW, USM, NLA.

Love in Quarantine. Dir.: Frank Powell (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Mack Sennet, Dorothy West, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 505 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Newlyweds; Little Grains of Rice. Dir./sc.: D.W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Arthur Johnson, Florence Baker, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 981 ft. Archive: USW.

An Old Story with a New Ending. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, Frank Powell (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Mabel van Buren, Clara T. Bracy, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 984 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

A Salutary Lesson. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: William Butler (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Charles West, Gladys Egan, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 980 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

Winning Back his Love. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Anthony Donnelly (Biograph Co. US 1910) cas.: Wilfred Lucas, Stephanie Longfellow, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USW, USM, USF, NLA.

The Blind Princess and the Poet. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Harrriet Quimby (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Blanche Sweet, Charles West, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 984 ft. Archive: USM, GBB.

Enoch Arden. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, adp.: Linda Arvidson (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 2 reels. Archive: USR, USL, USM, USF, USI, ARF, ROB, GBB.

Heart Beats of Long Ago. Dir.: D.W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USW, USM, NLA.

The Last Drop of Water. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Stanner E. V. Taylor (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Blanche Sweet, Joseph Graybill, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 1056 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL, USM.

Out From the Shadow. Dir.: D.W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Wilfred Lucas, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USM.

The Midnight Marauder. Dir.: Frank Powell (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Edward Dillon, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 split reel; 390 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Spanish Gypsy. Dir.: D.W. Griffith (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Jeanie Macpherson, Marion Sunshine, si, b&w, 1 reel; 997 ft. Archive: USM.

A Wreath of Orange Blossoms. Dir.: D.W. Griffith, sc.: Belle Taylor (Biograph Co. US 1911) cas.: Edwin August, Florence Barker, Jeanie Macpherson. si, b&w, 1 reel; 994 ft. Archive: USW, USM.

The Butler and the Maid. (Thomas A. Edison, Inc. US 1912) cas.: Harry Beaumont, Jeanie Macpherson, Viola Dana. si, b&w, 35mm, 1 split reel; 191 ft. Archive: USW, CAO.

Rose of the Rancho.Prod./dir./sc.: Cecil B. DeMille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1914) cas.: Bessie Barriscale, Dick La Reno, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels; 4,990 ft. Archive: USR.

The Girl of the Golden West. Prod./dir./sc.: Cecil B. DeMille (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1915) cas.: Mabel van Buren, Theodore Roberts, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels; 4,419 ft. Archive: USR, USW, USL, ITG.

The Rugged Coast. Dir.: Edwin August (Powers Film Co. US 1923) cas.: Edwin August, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 1 reel; 984 ft. Archive: GBB.

3. Jeanie Macpherson as Screenwriter and Actress

The Captive. Prod./dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, sc.: Jeanie Macpherson (Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. US 1915) cas.: Blanche Sweet, House Peters, Jeanie Macpherson, si, b&w, 35mm, 5 reels; 4,596 ft. Archive: USW.

B. Filmography: Not Extant Titles:

1. Jeanie Macpherson as Screenwriter

The Lie, 1913; Red Margareth, Moonshiner, 1913; The Dream Girl, 1916; The Love Mask, 1916; Temptation, 1916;  Red Dice, 1926; Evidence, 1926.

2. Jeanie Macpherson as Actress

The Rose Breaker, 1914.

3. Jeanie Macpherson as Actress and Screenwriter

The Sea Urchin, 1913; The Desert Sting, 1914; The Trap, 1914

4. Jeanie Macpherson as Director

The Tarantula, 1913.

C. DVD/VHS Sources:

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection DVD (Passport US 2007)

D. Streamed Media:

Excerpt from Joan the Woman (1916), written by Jeanie Macpherson.

Excerpt from The Little American (1917), written by Jeanie Macpherson, starring and produced by Mary Pickford, and with costumes by Lucy Duff-Gordon.

Trailer for The King of Kings (1927), written by Jeanie Macpherson.

 

Credit Report

Although IMDb.com lists Jeanie Macpherson as actress in The Tarantula (1913), neither director nor producer is listed. The American Film Institute Catalogue Online does not list The Tarantula. Spehr, 1996, 378, lists Macpherson as cast.

Citation

Gaines, Jane. "Jeanie Macpherson." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-jeanie-macpherson/>

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Place: United States