Till I Come Back to You

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Till I Come Back to You
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Film poster
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by Jeanie MacPherson
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Starring Bryant Washburn
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures / Artcraft
Release date
  • August 25, 1918 (1918-08-25)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Till I Come Back to You is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. [1] [2] This film is preserved in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection. [3]



As described in a film magazine, [4] Yvonne (Vidor), the wife of German officer Karl Von Drutz (von Seyffertitz), is left in their Belgian home at the start of World War I. King Albert (Hall) stops at the house during his retreat where he finds little Jacques (Stone) playing soldier. The king tells him to be brave and wait "till I come back to you." America enters the war and Capt. Jefferson Strong (Washburn) is detailed to destroy the German storehouse containing their liquid fire supply. He pretends to be an escaped German soldier and hides in Yvonne's cottage, learns of the supplies, and directs the tunneling under the house. Von Drutz returns, finds Strong telephoning, and a terrific struggle ensues. Little Jacques takes a score of orphans from a nearby asylum and they escape through the tunnel. Strong saves the lives of the children but is arrested for disobedience, tried, and court martialed. Through the influence of King Albert he is saved from being shot. Yvonne, whose husband has been killed, finds consolation in Strong's love.


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  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Till I Come Back to You". silentera.com. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Till I Come Back to You
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Till I Come Back to You
  4. "Reviews: Till I Come Back to You". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (12): 33. September 14, 1918.