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1928 (Austria) See more »
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Supreme in Theme! Gigantic in Execution! See more »
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the best tellings of the life of Jesus still holds up even after almost a century See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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Runtime:
USA:112 min (alternate version) | USA:155 min (premiere version)
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Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue) | Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)
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Trivia:
Although she IS depicted as something of a "party girl," this is probably one of the only films NOT to depict Mary Magdelene as a prostitute or equate her with the Woman taken in Adultery, and properly shows her as a woman of power and influence.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Behold the Man (1935)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the best tellings of the life of Jesus still holds up even after almost a century, 13 April 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

My first memory of this film was getting up at 5 or 6 am to see this on a local PBS station in the 1970's. I thought it was cool that they were showing an old silent film that had some color sequences. The film has always danced around my brain. When Criterion put out the double disc I picked it up mostly out of curiosity.

Watching for the film for the first time in decades I was struck by how moving the film is. Certainly its over done and over blown and all of the things you think of when you think of silent movies, however its also very human. Amazingly Jesus laughs, smiles and has a real presence as a human being, which is missing from most other versions of the tale. Think of the sound King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Passion of the Christ all are so stiff as to be dull and laughable. Yes some of the piety is laughable, but there is also tears. At the beginning when Jesus heals the blind girl its heard not to weep at the beauty of it. Even Jesus is happy at the turn of events.

And then there is the spectacle, Mary Magdalene's home, the crucifixion, the resurrection are grand movie spectacle moments. silent or not 80 years old or not, the scenes still make you go "wow" even after all of the advances in computer generated effects.

This is a great movie. Its not perfect, there are silly moments, but there is more than enough to make you wonder if the Hollywood and filmmakers elsewhere should have ever bothered to try to duplicate the magic of this film and the story it tells.

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