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Noah's Ark (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 August 1929 (Ireland)
The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

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, (uncredited)

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(story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck), (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marie / Miriam
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Travis / Japheth
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Nickoloff / King Nephilim
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Hilda / Tavern Maid
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Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
Paul McAllister ...
Minister / Noah
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Dancer / Slave Girl
Anders Randolf ...
The German / Leader of Soldiers
Armand Kaliz ...
The Frenchman / Leader of the King's Guard
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Innkeeper / Guard
Malcolm Waite ...
The Balkan / Shem
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Soldier / High Priest
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Slave Broker
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Investor with Gun / Trader
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Storyline

After a short split prologue showing riches as the root of evil in ancient and modern times, the film settles into 1914 France, where the Orient Express is about to be wrecked when a bridge washes out. Among those on board are Al and Travis, Americans who are traveling Europe spending Travis' money, and Marie, a German girl. The boys save Marie after the wreck and Travis falls in love with her. When World War I breaks out Al wants to enlist, but Travis can't, feeling loyal to Marie, a German. By 1917 Al has enlisted, and Travis follows him shortly after marrying Marie. Accused of being a German spy by a Russian agent, she is sentenced to die but is recognized by Travis, who is part of the firing squad. The town they are in is shelled and they are all trapped underground, during which a minister makes a lengthy parallel to ancient times when the King of Akkad persecuted his subjects and defied Jehovah, who finally sends a flood to wipe out mankind, except for Noah and his family, whom ... Written by Ron Kerrigan <,mvg@whidbey.com>

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See and Hear the spectacle of the ages!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 August 1929 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Arca de Noé  »

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Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (1957) | (1990s restoration)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Thirty-five ambulances were called to treat the wounded in the aftermath of the flood scene. See more »

Quotes

Minister: As the Ark prevailed upon the flood waters, Oh, God, so let Thy righteousness prevail in this Deluge of Blood! The Flood - - it was a Deluge of Water drowning a World of Lust! This War - it is a Deluge of Blood drowning a World of Hate! The Flood and the War - God Almighty's Parallel of the Ages.
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Version of Noah's Ark (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Quand Madelon
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Camille Robert
Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
Sung by the French soldiers in Paris
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NOAH'S ARK (Michael Curtiz, 1928) ***1/2
17 April 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The film which cemented versatile director Curtiz' reputation in Hollywood is a part-Talkie spectacular which, despite the title, is not entirely concerned with the famous holocaust depicted in the Old Testament. Rather, it purports to parallel the Deluge with the massive losses in human life incurred during the so-called Great War; in that respect, NOAH'S ARK survives not merely as a solid example of late 1920s film craftsmanship but also as a heartfelt morality play delineating the long-lasting effect of that particular combat upon society – pity that, for all its good intentions, a second (and infinitely harsher) World War would be waged in the space of just 11 years! Anyway, to get back to the topic at hand, I knew the film enjoyed a considerable reputation among epic productions of the Silent era but, aware of the fact that the Biblical tale was only illustrated in the form of a vision (lasting for about 40 of its 100 minutes) embedded within the main plot, I had expected to be disappointed by it. However, we open on a remarkably elaborate prologue (superbly-edited in the contemporary Soviet style) and the WWI sequences themselves are well done (featuring even a spectacular train crash early on) and prove surprisingly absorbing in their own right (especially the interaction between the four protagonists – Noah Beery, Dolores Costello, George O'Brien and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams). Incidentally, all four (and a few others) play additional roles in the Noah story; this section is done on a truly grand scale, in clear imitation of Cecil B. DeMille (with a couple of obvious nods to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS [1923] which, coincidentally, I watched 2 days later!) – with the flood itself still highly impressive after all these years and undoubtedly deserving to be ranked among the finest sequences in all of cinema (though controversy still rages about the apparent disregard for the consideration and safety of those involved – with three extras reportedly drowning and several more getting injured during its shooting)!


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