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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 ... Thomas, the Doubter
David Imboden ... Andrew - a Fisherman
Charles Belcher ... Philip
Clayton Packard ... Bartholomew
Robert Ellsworth ... Simon - the Zealot
Charles Requa ... James the Lesser
John T. Prince ... Thaddeus

Jacqueline Logan ... Mary Magdalene

Rudolph Schildkraut ... Caiaphas - High Priest of Israel
Sam De Grasse ... Pharisee
Casson Ferguson ... Scribe
Victor Varconi ... Pontius Pilate - Governor of Judea
Majel Coleman ... Proculla - Wife of Pilate
Montagu Love ... Roman Centurion

William Boyd ... Simon Of Cyrene
Michael D. Moore ... Mark (as Micky Moore)
Theodore Kosloff ... Malchus - Captain of the High Priest's Guards

George Siegmann ... Barabbas

Julia Faye ... Martha
Josephine Norman ... Mary Of Bethany
Kenneth Thomson ... Lazarus
Alan Brooks ... Satan
Viola Louie ... Adulterous Woman
Muriel McCormac ... Blind Girl
Clarence Burton ... Dysmas - the Repentant Thief
Jim Mason ... Gestas - the Unrepentant Thief (as James Mason)

May Robson ... Mother of Gestas
Dot Farley ... Maidservant of Caiaphas
Hector V. Sarno ... Galilean Carpenter (as Hector Sarno)
Leon Holmes ... Imbecile Boy
Otto Lederer ... Eber - a Pharisee

Bryant Washburn ... Young Roman
Lionel Belmore ... Roman Noble
Monte Collins ... Rich Judeaean
Luca Flamma ... Gallant Of Galilee
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Prince Of Persia (as Sojin)
André Cheron ... Wealthy Merchant
Willy Castello ... Babylonian Noble
Noble Johnson ... Charioteer
Jim Farley ... Executioner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Nona Arlynn ... Waif with Broken Doll (uncredited)
Jere Austin ... (uncredited)
Emily Barrye ... (uncredited)
Miriam Battista ... (uncredited)
Fred Becker ... (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ... (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... (uncredited)
Elaine Bennett ... (uncredited)
Marjorie Bonner ... (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo ... (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... (uncredited)
Lucille Browne ... (uncredited)
William P. Burt ... (uncredited)
George Calliga ... (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ... (uncredited)
Kathleen Chambers ... (uncredited)
Edythe Chapman ... (uncredited)
Colin Chase ... (uncredited)
Colbert Clark ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Clary ... (uncredited)
Edna Mae Cooper ... (uncredited)
Josephine Crowell ... (uncredited)
Frances Dale ... (uncredited)
Milla Davenport ... (uncredited)
William De Boar ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Anna De Linsky ... (uncredited)
Victor De Linsky ... (uncredited)
Malcolm Denny ... (uncredited)
James Dime ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
David Dunbar ... (uncredited)
Lillian Elliott ... (uncredited)
Anielka Elter ... (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Crowd Member (uncredited)
Ray Erlenborn ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack Fife ... (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Redmond Finlay ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Evelyn Francisco ... (uncredited)
Margaret Francisco ... (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin ... (uncredited)
Dale Fuller ... (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... (uncredited)
John George ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Natalie Golitzen ... (uncredited)
Inez Gomez ... (uncredited)
Edna Gordon ... (uncredited)
Julia Swayne Gordon ... (uncredited)
Winifred Greenwood ... (uncredited)
Bert Hadley ... (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... (uncredited)
Stanton Heck ... (uncredited)
Fred Huntley ... (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... (uncredited)

Rex Ingram ... (uncredited)
Eulalie Jensen ... (uncredited)
Cammilla Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... (uncredited)
Nora Kildare ... (uncredited)
Lydia Knott ... (uncredited)
Alice Knowland ... (uncredited)
Otto Kottke ... (uncredited)
Edward Lackey ... (uncredited)
Celia Lapan ... (uncredited)
Tom London ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ... (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... (uncredited)
George F. Marion ... (uncredited)
Robert McKee ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... (uncredited)
Earl Metcalfe ... (uncredited)
Ruth Miller ... (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Egyptian Cavalryman (uncredited)
Max Montor ... (uncredited)
Alla Moskova ... (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... (uncredited)
Billy Naylor ... Boy Watching Jesus Fix Doll (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... (uncredited)
Gertrude Norman ... (uncredited)
Peter Norris ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... (uncredited)
Robert Ober ... (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ... Captain of the Roman Guard (uncredited)
Alexander Palasthy ... (uncredited)
Patricia Palmer ... (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... (uncredited)
Herbert Prior ... (uncredited)
Albert Prisco ... (uncredited)
Gertrude Quality ... (uncredited)
Ayn Rand ... (uncredited)
Sally Rand ... Mary Magdalene's Slave (uncredited)
Rae Randall ... (uncredited)
Hedwiga Reicher ... (uncredited)
Dick Richards ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Reeka Roberts ... (uncredited)
Warren Rogers ... (uncredited)
Ed Schaefer ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Peggy Schaffer ... (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... (uncredited)
Charles Sellon ... (uncredited)
Semone Sergis ... (uncredited)
Tom Shirley ... (uncredited)
Walter Shumway ... (uncredited)
Bernard Siegel ... (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... (uncredited)
William H. Strauss ... (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... (uncredited)
Josef Swickard ... (uncredited)
Ann Teeman ... (uncredited)
Barbara Tennant ... (uncredited)
Mabel Van Buren ... (uncredited)
Wilbert Wadleigh ... (uncredited)
Kit Wain ... (uncredited)
Fred Walker ... (uncredited)
Will Walling ... (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... (uncredited)
Charles West ... (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
Writing credits
Jeanie Macpherson (story)

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (1928 sound version)
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (uncredited)
Harold McLernon (uncredited)
Production Design by
Dan Sayre Groesback (uncredited)
Anton Grot (uncredited)
Julian Harrison (uncredited)
Edward C. Jewell (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Mitchell Leisen (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Ted Dickson (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Adrian (uncredited)
Earl Luick (uncredited)
Gwen Wakeling (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Festus Phillips .... makeup artist
Fred Carlton Ryle .... makeup artist (as Fred C. Ryle)
Monte Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Burns .... second assistant director (uncredited)
William J. Cowen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Frank Urson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Julian Harrison .... assistant art director
Julian Harrison .... consulting artist
Edgar G. Ulmer .... assistant art director
Julian Harrison .... set designer (uncredited)
Harold Miles .... set designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacob A. Badaracco .... camera operator
Fred Westerberg .... camera operator
W.M. Mortensen .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Josiah Zuro .... general musical director
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henry Hadley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Erno Rapee .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music compiler (uncredited)
Domenico Savino .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Reverend George Reid Andrews .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bruce Barton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Reverend William E. Barton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Olga Celeste .... leopard trainer (uncredited)
Denison Clark .... script assistant (uncredited)
Clifford Howard .... script assistant (uncredited)
Jack Jungmeyer .... script assistant (uncredited)
James V. King .... title-card photographer: foreign languages (uncredited)
Daniel A. Lord .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Norman Osunn .... technical engineer (uncredited)
Gladys Rosson .... typist (uncredited)
Paul Sprunck .... technical engineer (uncredited)

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USA:112 min (alternate version) | USA:155 min (premiere version)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue) | Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)

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Joseph Schildkraut (Judas Iscariot) later played Nicodemus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), which also depicted the life of Jesus Christ.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the first scene in Mary Magdalene's house, studio lights are reflected in a large hand-held mirror.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!See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Gospel According To Cecil, 27 December 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cecil B. DeMille's film about Jesus was made during a period in his career when he left Paramount and organized his own studio. Unfortunately for DeMille his studio went belly up after the stock market crash of 1929. The King of Kings is unquestionably the greatest film he made during that period.

But in DeMille's cinema gospel he eschewed the traditional Christmas story to be found in those four other gospels. DeMille begins his movie with a real lavish party at the home of a noted women of the town Mary Magdalene played by Jacqueline Logan. It's DeMille showing revelry at its best and most alluring.

Logan asks why one of her favorites, Judas Iscariot hasn't been attending her clambakes recently. She hears he's been hanging around with this carpenter from Nazareth reputed to have performed some miracles and who doesn't approve of her lifestyle.

That's it for Ms. Magadalene; she's not about to let this hick take one of her favorites away. Off in a chariot pulled by Zebras she goes after this carpenter. She finds H.B. Warner as Jesus doing one of the miracles and becomes a follower herself.

After this the film becomes a reverential straightforward account as you would find in the Bible.

Reverence and revelry, the hallmark of a DeMille film is found in equal measure in The King of Kings. H.B. Warner does a fine job in the lead role, he makes a saintly Jesus. I do wonder what led DeMille to cast Warner, to think of him in the first place. Warner was 52 at the time playing a 30 something Jesus.

The King of Kings offers the movie fan to see father and son Rudolph and Joseph Schildkraut who play Caiaphas and Judas. Both contribute fine performances to the endeavor. Unlike later gospel based films, this one clearly has Caiaphas as the villain of the piece. He's described in the subtitles as a man concerned more with 'revenue than religion' which doesn't make him all that different from some folks I could mention today. The Schildkrauts however were Jewish and stars in the Yiddish Theater in Europe and America. They got good and slammed for their participation in The King of Kings by more than a few of their co-religionists.

Sharp eyed viewers will also note that the guy playing Simon of Cyrene who helps Jesus with his cross is none other than Hopalong Cassidy, William Boyd. Boyd was a DeMille discovery and had previously starred in another DeMille production, The Volga Boatman. This of course was years before he became the idol of the nation's children.

In his autobiography DeMille goes into some detail about how Jeremiah Milbank helped him with the financing of the DeMille Studio from which The King of Kings was produced. After the initial run, Milbank set up a foundation in which prints of The King of Kings were copied and made available to various Christian mission groups free for their work. It's one reason why this particular film is never in any danger of being lost.

DeMille was told on at least one occasion that this was his greatest picture because there is no greater subject. It's arguably one of his best from a technical standpoint. Still for the hundreds of millions of affiliated Christians on the planet, The King of Kings certainly occupies a special place.

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