Boom mini-documentary

When Cecil B. DeMille’s backers pulled out of financing his original 1923 version of The Ten Commandments in mid-production, the legendary director needed a miracle to keep the film on track. DeMille turned to an old friend, A.P. Giannini, one of our bank’s founders. We loaned him $500,000 so that filming could continue uninterrupted. Upon release, the film became the biggest box office success of its time, leading to a lucrative partnership between Hollywood and the bank throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The bank financed additional films by DeMille, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, and even provided money to complete Gone with the Wind. Today, Bank of America remains a stalwart supporter of the arts, investing nearly $50 million in nonprofit arts institutions like the Fox Oakland Theater that create culturally and economically strong communities across our nation.