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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)
Donald Sosin (2004)
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 (general release version) | USA:155 min (premiere version)
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue) | Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)

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While Cecil B. DeMille was shooting the Crucifixion scene, pioneering director D.W. Griffith visited the set, and the two talked for a while. Just before DeMille got ready to shoot the next scene, he impulsively handed Griffith the megaphone and said, "You shoot this". Griffith then shot a scene of a group of Christ's persecutors gathered around the foot of the Cross.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:Go fetch my richest perfumes!See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Author: blue-7 from Salt Lake City

I first experienced Cecil B. DeMille's beautiful telling of the Life of Christ, his 1927 THE KING OF KINGS, in a local theatre in the late 1950s. It impressed me then as a teenager and it impresses me even more now, having just experienced a special viewing of the double disc DVD that is being released on December 7, 2004 under The Criterion Collection label.

I purchased a 16mm print of this film many years ago as well as buying the Criterion Laser Dics release a few years back, so I am well versed in this classic. Until now, everything shown theatrically, on 16mm, VHS tape and Laser Discs has been of the re-edited version that DeMille prepared in 1928, a year after the film played its roadshow engagements. Millions of people the world over have seen the shorter 112 minute cut, which is included on the Criterion disc with both the original Hugo Riesenfeld score (and sound effects) as issued in 1928, and an outstanding newly recorded pipe organ score by Timothy J. Tikker, done especially for this release.

For years I have been aware that the roadshow version as shown at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in LA and at the Gaiety in NY, ran 155 minutes, some 37 minutes longer then I had ever seen it. From James D'Arc at the Brigham Young University Archives (which houses the DeMille collection) I learned that the full length version still existed and was in the possession of the DeMille family. That complete version is now the highlight of the Criterion DVD release and it is MARVELOUS!

I've always thought highly of DeMille's THE KING OF KINGS -- but now seeing it in this wonderfully preserved full-length print, complete with an outstanding original orchestra score by Donald Sosin, I can say without hesitation that it is a more spiritually uplifting experience in this version then it ever was in the fine shorter cut. This is a MASTERPIECE, not only of the silent cinema, but of all-time!

And that's not all -- the EXTRA's included on the two DVD's are also a marvel. There is almost 15 minutes of priceless behind-the-scenes footage on the set of the film. You'll see DeMille directing a huge cast and at times view three cameras being hand-cranked. There are shots of D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks visiting with DeMille on set. There are production and costume sketches by renowned artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck as well as a stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos. The original illustrated theatre program and press book are pictured also -- and there's more. In short this is the finest DVD ever released on a film from the silent era, even surpassing Fox's marvelous job on F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE (also a 1927 release).

In my opinion, DeMille's THE KING OF KINGS in this full version is the finest rendering of the Life of Christ ever put on film! Criterion, known as the leader of fine DVD's, has done it again. Don't hesitate on picking up a copy of this if you love great movies and want a spiritual experience!

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