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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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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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Additional Details

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USA:112 min (alternate version) | USA:155 min (premiere version)
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue) | Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) (TV)See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Very Effective, 23 March 2008
Author: Christopher Mercurio from United States

This may be one of the very best movies made about Christ. In the beginning I didn't really know what they were doing. It looked like they were making their own story up. But things got better and better as the movie went on. There were so many effective images in this movie that it is unforgettable.

The magic starts when Jesus is finally introduced. What an entrance he makes. A blind girl goes to Jesus for help. There is a bright light and you can tell by the little girl's performance that something is happening. Our view gets blurry because we are seeing through the little girl's eyes. Then the picture comes into focus and we can see Jesus standing in front of her. From that moment on the movie was amazing.

H.B. Warner is one of the greatest actors to portray Jesus. He has such a commanding presence in the movie. He does look a little old to be playing Jesus. At the time of Christ's crucifixion he was around 30. Warner was around 50. But this does not hurt the film at all. Warner does not look like an old man one bit and he had the perfect eyes and perfect face for the part he was playing. In the crucifixion scene when you see H.B. Warner without his shirt it's amazing how he has the perfect built to play Christ.

There were so many things that amazed me. The movie was silent, but it didn't even matter. There were so many effective images. This is what people went to the movies for before there were talking pictures. The first amazing scene was the scene when Jesus cures the blind girl. That was very well done. Every scene of Jesus performing a miracle was amazing. The Last Supper scene was very well done. When everyone leaves the table, the cup that Jesus was drinking from is shimmering. That would later become the Holy Grail. Throughout the movie Jesus is a glowing image. This added to Warner's presence in the film. The scene when Jesus is condemned was very well done and accurate. I was glad they got Pontius Pilate right in the movie. Pilate did not want to kill Jesus. The film also shows you how his wife truly felt. In this movie you see Pilate send Christ to be chastised rather than put to death. After the scourging, you see the people condemn him. You even get to see Pilate washing his hands. People complained about how Gibson's Passion of the Christ made Pilate look, but no one complained when they did the same in this. It is widely known that Pilate was not a villain. The King of Kings that came later in 1961 failed miserably in how it portrayed Pontius Pilate, not to mention a lot of other things. Seeing this makes you wonder what King of Kings with Jeffrey Hunter would've been like if Demille made it. Too bad he didn't.

My favorite scene in the movie would have to be the Resurrection. You will know why when you see the movie. Seeing everyone hugging Jesus in the end was so heartwarming. In the end you even get to see Jesus ascend into heaven. That was all very well done. The special effects in the movie were unbelievable. I was surprised how great they were. The movie was made in 1927. The storm after Christ commends his spirit is an awesome display. Amazing special effects. Seeing H.B. Warner on the cross is also a haunting sight. He really looked the part.

The final thing that I must praise is the performances by the actors. Everyone was great. Every single person in the cast. Everybody looked the part that they were playing. It was amazing. Dorothy Cumming was the perfect choice to play the Virgin Mary. Ernest Torrence was great as Peter. Victor Varconi was great as Pontius Pilate. Joseph Schildkraut was great as Judas. I couldn't believe that was the old man I saw on the Twilight Zone. In this movie Judas is a handsome young man and it is also the first movie were I've seen Judas without a beard. Schildkraut's interpretation of Judas will be something very new to you, but it turns out great. His performance was especially good when you see him in agony over betraying Jesus until you finally see him hang himself. Jacqueline Logan was a great choice to play Mary Magdalene. She was very attractive and great in the scene when Jesus casts the seven deadly sins out of her. Great effects in that scene too. Joseph Schildkraut's father Rudolph Schildkraut was also great as Caiaphas. This movie shows him for the villain that he was. Again, nobody complained about that in this, but they complained about Gibson's movie. Finally, H.B. Warner was great. I couldn't believe that was Mr. Gower from It's A Wonderful Life.

This is one of the greatest movies you will ever see about Jesus Christ. This is way better than King of Kings with Jeffrey Hunter. This movie was for the most part, very accurate. The special effects were great. The direction by Cecil B. DeMille was great. Again, too bad he didn't do the Jeffrey Hunter one. The performances by the actors were great. The King of Kings is an amazing movie and you will not soon forget the images that you see. Be sure to see this one. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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