The King of Kings (1927)

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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Cumming ...
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James - Brother of John
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Thomas, the Doubter
David Imboden ...
Andrew - a Fisherman
Charles Belcher ...
Clayton Packard ...
Robert Ellsworth ...
Charles Requa ...
John T. Prince ...


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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Most reverent and strikingly beautiful panorama of the tragedy of all ages--the world's greatest screen epic. A production acclaimed by world-famed scholars, press and public in this country and abroad, as the most ambitious presentation of the final years of the life of Jesus ever pictured on the screen. An epochal motion picture that will live forever in the hearts of mankind. See more »


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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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Crazy Credits

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The best Jesus movie ever!
25 May 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

What a masterpiece! Visually stunning and deeply moving, even for the non-religious. DeMille was at his best in the silent era, and I have never seen the story of Christ told so beautifully. With more than a passing nod to nineteenth century Biblical painting, DeMille recreates the last days of Jesus' life in painstaking detail. He takes some liberty with chronolgy, and there is his trademark combination of religious fervour and delicious decadence. But the passion and sincerity are so strong that I'll be surprised if you don't shed a tear once or twice. And Joseph Schildkraut is stunning as Judas.

Eye-popping sets and superb photography combine with huge crowds of extras and excellent costumes to create one of the great epic films. And dig that opening orgy scene involving a scantily clad Mary Magdalene, a couple of old men, a leopard and a hunky charioteer leading a team of zebra! Wow! The first shot of Jesus is also cinema magic, an unforgettable moment. This film is superb.

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