Feet of Clay (1924 film)

Feet of Clay is a 1924 American silent drama film directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Vera Reynolds and Rod La Rocque, and with set design by Norman Bel Geddes. The film is based on the novel by Margaretta Tuttle, and Beulah Marie Dix's one-act play Across the Border.[1] Feet of Clay is now considered lost.[2][3]

Feet of Clay
1924 theatrical poster
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byBeulah Marie Dix (scenario)
Bertram Millhauser (scenario)
Based onFeet of Clay
by Margaretta Tuttle
Across the Border
by Beulah Marie Dix
StarringVera Reynolds
Rod La Rocque
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Archie Stout
Edited byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 28, 1924 (1924-09-28)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Box office$904,383.90[1]


Kerry Harlan (La Rocque) is unable to work because he was injured in a battle with a shark, so his youthful wife Amy (Reynolds) becomes a fashion model. While she is away from home, Bertha, the wife of his surgeon, is trying to force her attentions on Kerry and is accidentally killed in an attempt to evade her husband. After the scandal Amy is courted by Tony Channing, but she returns to her husband and finds him near death from gas fumes. Because they both attempted to make suicide, their spirits are rejected by "the other side," and learning the truth from Bertha's spirit they fight their way back to life.


See also


  1. Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 194. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Feet of Clay". Silent Era. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  3. "Feet of Clay". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.

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