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23 August 1929 (Ireland) See more »
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The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Extraordinary epic silent (part-talkie) -very very impressive See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolores Costello ... Marie / Miriam

George O'Brien ... Travis / Japheth

Noah Beery ... Nickoloff / King Nephilim

Louise Fazenda ... Hilda / Tavern Maid

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
Paul McAllister ... Minister / Noah

Myrna Loy ... Dancer / Slave Girl
Anders Randolf ... The German / Leader of Soldiers
Armand Kaliz ... The Frenchman / Leader of the King's Guard

William V. Mong ... Innkeeper / Guard
Malcolm Waite ... The Balkan / Shem

Nigel De Brulier ... Soldier / High Priest

Noble Johnson ... Slave Broker

Otto Hoffman ... Investor with Gun / Trader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ward Bond ... Flood Extra (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo ... Aide to Leader of Soldiers (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Stockbroker (uncredited)

Andy Devine ... Flood Extra (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Manager of Belgian Theater Troup (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... French Policeman (uncredited)

Torben Meyer ... Man on Train (uncredited)

Nina Quartero ... French Girl (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Soldier in Trench (uncredited)
Martin Sperzel ... (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Flood Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
Writing credits
Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck)

Anthony Coldeway (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey)

De Leon Anthony (titles)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alois Reiser (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Barney McGill (photography)
Hal Mohr (photography)
Film Editing by
Harold McCord (edited by)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Gemora .... sculptor: idols (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Fryer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... conductor: Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra
Louis Silvers .... conductor: musical score
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (1957 reissue) (uncredited)
Other crew
Henry Blanke .... technician
John Daumery .... technician
Lewis Geib .... technician
Paul Grimm .... technician
Esdras Hartley .... technician
Fred Jackman .... technical director
Ned Mann .... technician
Harold Miles .... technician
Frank Murphy .... technician
Victor Vance .... technician
Robert Youngson .... presenter (1950 re-release)
Leith Adams .... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Chris Chigaridas .... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Martin Fox .... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Richard P. May .... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Fred Talmage .... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (presents) (A Warner Brothers Vitaphone Production)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
135 min | USA:75 min (re-release) (1957) | USA:100 min (1990s restoration)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Apparatus) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)
USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Thirty-five ambulances were called to treat the wounded in the aftermath of the flood scene.See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary epic silent (part-talkie) -very very impressive, 24 October 2001

Michael Curtiz' direction is of such exceptional calibre that one is completely absorbed into the parallel stories from the first to last frame. Everything about this late silent (it is a part talkie with two talking sequences mid way through)is exceptional- the sets, the editing, the special effects, the writing, the earnest performances from all in the cast (especially Dolores Costello). Why it is not hailed along with other anti-war classics of the silent screen (FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, BIG PARADE, WINGS) is difficult to understand. I viewed the restored print of 100 minutes that was a joint effort of a number of archives, domestic and foreign, and played on TCM. (It originally premiered at 135 minutes and a shorter 75 minute version was re-released in the 1970s). For anyone who loves silent film, epics, or just plain exceptional film making, this is a must-see.

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