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The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 2004 (USA)
Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writer:

Jeanie Macpherson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Warner ... Jesus - the Christ
Dorothy Cumming ... Mary - the Mother
Ernest Torrence ... Peter
Joseph Schildkraut ... Judas Iscariot
James Neill ... James - Brother of John
Joseph Striker ... John - the Beloved
Robert Edeson ... Matthew - the Publican
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Thomas, the Doubter
David Imboden David Imboden ... Andrew - a Fisherman
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Philip
Clayton Packard Clayton Packard ... Bartholomew
Robert Ellsworth Robert Ellsworth ... Simon - the Zealot
Charles Requa Charles Requa ... James the Lesser
John T. Prince ... Thaddeus
Jacqueline Logan ... Mary Magdalene
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Storyline

Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Endorsed by Jewish Rabbis-praised by the Protestant clergy-extolled by Christian Scientists- acclaimed by scholars of world-wide repute-hailed by reviewers and the public as the most stupendous picture achievement of the age- (Print Ad-The Crawfordsville Review,((Crawfordsville, Ind.)) 20 November 1928) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kralj kraljev See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,773,970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1931 re-release) | (DVD) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue)| Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to author Bill Givens, H.B. Warner had a brief fling with fan dancer Sally Rand, who played a slave girl to Mary Magdalene in a bit part. When she and Warner arrived late to the set, DeMilled bellowed through his megaphone, "Miss Rand, leave my Jesus alone. If you must screw someone, screw Pontius Pilate!" See more »

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In the first scene in Mary Magdalene's house, studio lights are reflected in a large hand-held mirror. See more »

Quotes

Mary Magdalene: [Speaking to herself] I am LUST! Hold me fast, Mary - my arms are the gates of life! I am GREED! I drain hearts, but I fill thy purse - let Him not destroy me! Keep me, Mary - I am PRIDE! Through me thou hast enslaved Kings! We are GLUTTONY-INDOLENCE-ENVY-ANGER! We teach thee to forget, and to hate, and to consume!
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Crazy Credits

In the original premiere version, there is no 'THE END' title. The film fades to black after the final scene of Jesus looming over a modern city with the title 'LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS' superimposed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Turner Classic Music (TCM) channel broadcast a "Keith T. Smith Modern Sound Pictures Incorporated release", which contained a musical track with sound effects, and had a running time of 112 minutes. The print had no cast credits and few crew credits and may have been the same version as the 1931 re-release, but with a copyright statement "Renewed Cinema Corp. of America, 1955." See more »

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Excellent silent movie
16 April 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Movie follows the story of Jesus Christ (H.B. Warner) starting with Mary Magdelene (Jacqueline Logan) and ending with his resurrection.

While not exactly accurate (Magdalene was Judas' lover?) to the Bible this is actually an excellent movie. It's very reverent to the story and doesn't preach to the audience like other Biblical movies did. Some of the shots of Jesus were stunning--he (literally) GLOWS. It's all done with lighting but it looks realistic. And since it's directed by Cecil B. DeMille it's a spectacle--this movie is BIG! The sets are colossal, there's a cast of hundreds and a big huge Crucifiction sequence that is quite impressive. There's also some nice special effects--surprising in a movie that's over 70 years old. Also, it's well-cast. The standouts are Warner as Jesus; Logan making a very impressive Magdelene and Joseph Schildkraut playing a very young and handsome Judas. Also his father Rudolph Schildkraut plays Caiaphas. And the Resurrection sequence at the end is in two-color Technicolor.

This is a much better than the 1961 remake. That one was badly cast (Jeffrey Hunter was way too young for the role), too long (almost 3 hours) and dragged. This one is barely 2 hours and moves very quickly.

A very impressive silent film--well worth catching.


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