By N. L. Armstrong
A search of the studio's countless timepieces yielded nothing, but such a watch was necessary to the plot of the picture, according to the writer of the story.
When the head of the Property Department was consulted, he merely laughed, picked up the telephone, and a few minutes later the required watch was on its way to the studio from the H. B. Crouch Company, Los Angeles Jewelers.
"Writers seem to like the watch," the Property head remarked. "I've been renting it, off and on, for the past 20 years."
Horology can be added to the long list of accomplishments of Cecil B. DeMille, along with his reputation as pioneer film producer-director, business tycoon, ex-stage actor, amateur tree surgeon, deep sea diver and yachtsman.
Mr. DeMille returned the $2.00, and while the clock looked quite hopeless, offered to see what he could do about repairing it - if the lady would wait until he finished his present picture, which was currently taking up all his time.