Feet of Clay
1924 theatrical poster
Directed 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
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
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
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$904,383.90[1]

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 1923 novel by Margaretta Tuttle, and Beulah Marie Dix's one-act 1915 play Across the Border.[1][2]


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.



With no copies of Feet of Clay located in any film archives,[3] it is a lost film.

See also


  1. ^ a b c 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". silentera.com. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Feet of Clay". Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.