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Salome (1918)

 -  Drama  -  10 August 1918 (USA)
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When Herodias divorces her husband and marries his brother Herod Antipas, governor of Judea, the prophet John the Baptist protests and is imprisoned. Salome, daughter of Herodias and both ... See full summary »

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G. Raymond Nye ...
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John the Baptist (as Albert Roscoe)
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Prince David
Genevieve Blinn ...
Queen Marian
Vera Doria ...
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Al Fremont ...
Galla (as Alfred Fremont)
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When Herodias divorces her husband and marries his brother Herod Antipas, governor of Judea, the prophet John the Baptist protests and is imprisoned. Salome, daughter of Herodias and both niece and step-daughter to Herod dances seductively and wins the prize of anything she asks of Herod. The prize she asks is the head of John the Baptist. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 January 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Yes, this film is believed to be lost. Yes, it has been that way for a long time. So therefore, no, I have not seen it. I would certainly like to, if it were to ever resurface. However, having seen a number of stills is several different film history books, I feel that I might as well comment on what I have observed.

Salome 1918 appears to have been an expensive undertaking in it's day, no doubt sporting grand sets and a cast of dozens. It does not however look as if it was very good. Let's begin with the look of the film. At first glance, the sets and (particularely) the costumes look lavish and elegant, but one need look no closer, nor for a second more, to see how silly and fake they really are. Theda Bara's wardrobe seems to have been put together from a bunch of bargain barrel frocks, and then "sprouced up" with some cheesy plastic beads sewn on clumsily by the shaky and inexperienced hands. One might almost think the costumes were actually an art project designated to a group of elementary school kids.

The sets are a little better, but they are hardly as interesting as the confections cooked up for Cleopatra. Apart from a large fan of peacock feathers in the background of one image, the sets look quickly painted and hurriedly slapped together.

Then there's the acting. Sure, we can't really truly judge the performances here, and maybe the actors are just hamming it up for the still cameraman, but there is some serious scene chewing going on in almost every picture from this film. Not just good old Theodosia Goodman, but the other cast members as well appear to be giving every facial muscle a heavy work-out.

It looks as if it was hokey and fake, but we may never know. It looks like if it survived it would be a popular camp classic in some circles. Too bad. I do adore camp...


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