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The King of Kings (1927)

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Dorothy Cumming ...
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James Neill ...
James - Brother of John
Robert Edeson ...
Matthew - the Publican
Sidney D'Albrook ...
Thomas, the Doubter
David Imboden ...
Andrew - a Fisherman
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Clayton Packard ...
Robert Ellsworth ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

1928 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

König der Könige  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(alternate) | (premiere)

Sound Mix:

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


| (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film features author Ayn Rand as one of the hundreds of people in a crowd. At a time when Rand was a struggling immigrant, Cecil B. DeMille gave her the job to help get her on her feet. See more »


When the blind girl gets pulled through the window, she is wearing modern underwear. See more »


Mary Magdalene: Harness my zebras - gift of the Nubian King! This Carpenter shall learn that he cannot hold a man from Mary Magdalene!
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DeMille's finest production
30 March 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Cecil B. DeMille produced this masterpiece over 80 years ago and it still retains its great power and reverence. Everyone associated with the production put their heart and soul into this work and it certainly shows on screen. The photography and background music score are to be particularly commended. By the way, any on-screen violence during the scourging and crucifixion sequences were kept to a minimum. Parents can view this film with their children and have no concerns. For some reason, this has very limited play on television in the United States. TCM plays the film twice a year during Easter and Christmas. That cable channel seems to be the only place to watch this wonderful film. The Kino video tape and Criterion DVD release remain available for purchase. The DVD offers the original premiere cut and the shorter sound reissue. Some important sequences are shown in the uncut 155 minute version ( such as Peter's denial of Jesus). The sound reissue version is missing slightly less than 30 minutes and this is the one most people have seen throughout the years. Both versions are superb in their own way. This film will truly touch your heart. By all means, seek it out. A true silent classic.

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