Cameo Kirby (1914 film)

Cameo Kirby is a 1914 American drama silent film directed by Oscar Apfel and written by Clara Beranger and William C. de Mille. The film stars Dustin Farnum, Fred Montague, James Neill, Jode Mullally, Winifred Kingston and Dick La Reno. It is based on the play Cameo Kirby by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson. The film was released on December 24, 1914, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Cameo Kirby
Directed byOscar Apfel
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byClara Beranger
Booth Tarkington
Harry Leon Wilson
William C. de Mille
StarringDustin Farnum
Fred Montague
James Neill
Jode Mullally
Winifred Kingston
Dick La Reno
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 24, 1914 (1914-12-24)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States


In New Orleans, Gene Kirby, nicknamed Cameo, finds himself financially ruined after his father's death and must auction off the plantation with all the slaves. After the sale, Cameo goes with Randall, an old friend of the family, on a boat that goes up the river hosting a gambling hall. On board, Cameo wins against Colonel Moreau, a professional player; at the same time, Randall, involved in the game, loses all his properties. Unaware that Cameo wants to return his losses, Randall kills himself. Randall's son Tom swears revenge and, when Moreau is killed in a duel against Cameo, he steals the weapon from the dead man's hand, making the duel look like murder. Cameo escapes capture but manages to convince Tom's sister, Adele, of whom Cameo is in love, of his innocence. When the gun is found in Tom's possession, the Randall family recognizes Cameo's innocence, restoring his honor: Cameo, a true southern gentleman, can be entrusted with the fate of the beautiful Adele, making him enter their family.



  1. ^ "Cameo Kirby". AFI. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Cameo Kirby (1914) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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