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The Ten Commandments (1923)

Passed  -  Drama  -  23 November 1923 (USA)
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt of the tablets and the worship of the golden calf. The second part shows the efficacy ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theodore Roberts ...
Moses - The Lawgiver
Charles de Rochefort ...
Rameses - the Magnificent: Prologue (as Charles De Roche)
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Miriam - The Sister of Moses
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Pat Moore ...
The Son of Pharaoh - Prologue (as Terrence Moore)
James Neill ...
Aaron - Brother of Moses
Lawson Butt ...
Clarence Burton ...
Noble Johnson ...
The Bronze Man - Prologue
Edythe Chapman ...
Mrs. Martha McTavish
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John McTavish - Her Son
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Dan McTavish - Her Son
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Mary Leigh
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Sally Lung - a Eurasian
Robert Edeson ...
Redding - an Inspector
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Storyline

The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt of the tablets and the worship of the golden calf. The second part shows the efficacy of the commandments in modern life through a story set in San Francisco. Two brothers, rivals for the love of Mary, also come into conflict when John discovers Dan used shoddy materials to construct a cathedral. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Die zehn Gebote  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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In October, an excavation team from Applied EarthWorks uncovered one of the 21 Sphinx statues from this production at the Guadalupe Sand Dunes. The 15-foot-tall statue, made of thin plaster of Paris, was carefully extracted over a period of eight days, from October 6th to 14th. See more »

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As the Pharaoh and his henchmen pursue the Hebrews at the Red Sea, several of the chariots obviously crash. (These were accidents which occurred while filming because the chariots were difficult to drive.) See more »

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Excuse me, gotta go and worship a Golden Calf!
6 September 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Whenever anybody says THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, we think of the fun, uplifting 1956 epic made by DeMille and starring Charleton Heston, Yul Brynner, etc. etc. Not too many people know that film is a remake of DeMille's own 1923 film of the same name. The 1923 version has so much zip to it, mainly because in it's 90 minute plus time, DeMille has to tell TWO stories. The first is the story of Moses. He has to lead the exodus from Egypt, part the Red Sea (an awesome scene done in early two-tone Technicolor) and slap some sense in his followers who wrongly decide to worship the Golden Calf. All that in 45 minutes. That means it spools out really, really fast. The rest of the film takes place in modern day San Francisco, where two brothers, one a hard working carpenter, the other, a wealthy but scheming architect battle. We know their grey haired mom is a good Christian, because she constantly carries around a Bible as big as a cinderblock!

Beautifully restored, witha great piano and organ score. This is an energetic silent well worth catching.


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