We Can't Have Everything

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We Can't Have Everything
We Can't Have Everything - glass slide - 1918.jpg
Glass slide
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by William C. de Mille
Based on We Can't Have Everything
by Rupert Hughes
Starring Kathlyn Williams
Cinematography Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Cecil B. DeMille
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • July 7, 1918 (1918-07-07)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

We Can't Have Everything was a 1918 American silent drama film directed and written by Cecil B. DeMille based upon a novel by Rupert Hughes.


As described in a film magazine,[1] very much in love with her husband, Charity Coe Cheever (Williams) discovers that her husband is in love with Zada L'Etoile (Breamer), a popular dancer, and so she divorces him. Jim Dyckman (Dexter), who has always loved Charity since their childhood days, after finding it impossible to win Charity had married film actress Kedzie Thropp (Hawley). When Jim is free but Charity is not, Jim is very disappointed, but both decide to make the best of it. During one of Jim's absences Kedzie meets the young British airman, the Marquis Of Strathdene (Hatten), and falls very much in love with him. Out for a ride one evening, Jim and Charity are forced during a storm to remain in a roadhouse. Here is Kedzie's chance, she sues for divorce and marries her English aviator. The start of the war puts Jim in the trenches in Europe and Charity in a convalescent hospital, they meet again and love finally wins.


Preservation status[edit]

The film is considered to be a lost film.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Reviews: We Can't Have Everything". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (6): 52. August 10, 1918. 
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: We Can't Have Everything". silentera.com. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ Louvish, Simon (2008). Cecil B. DeMille: A Life in Art. Macmillan. p. 161. ISBN 0-312-37733-9. 
  4. ^ Birchard, Robert S. (2009). "We Can't Have Everything". Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2324-0. 
  5. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..We Can't Have Everything

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