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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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The Blood and the Flood See more (23 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

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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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This film has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with the project American Moviemakers: The Dawn of Sound.See more »
Minister:Don't you understand? It is the beginning of the rainbow - - the fulfilment of the sacrifice.
Al:You mean - there will be no more war?
Minister:I mean that war is now an outlaw, and will be hunted from the face of the earth. Those ten million men have not died in vain.
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The Blood and the Flood, 4 April 2011
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

After God destroys civilization in The Great Flood, biblical patriarch Paul McAllister (as Noah) thanks the Supreme Being for a successful trip. God's chosen captain, some selected wives, and pairs of the planet Earth's animals rode out the storm in "Noah's Ark". Alas, men immediately returned to their wicked ways - and the whole exercise was for naught. Events quickly lead up to The Great War (aka World War I), wherein blood replaces the flood. Jesus Christ notwithstanding, beautiful blonde Dolores Costello (as Marie) is sentenced to die on a cross, as a spy for her German brethren...

Hunky husband George O'Brien (as Travis) must somehow save her!

With Ms. Costello in dire straits, we flashback to tell the story of "Noah's Art" that ended in the film's opening prologue. In the Old Testament past, ever-lovely Costello (as Miriam) is led to be sacrificed as a virgin. While we wonder how a woman resembling Costello managed to remain a virgin, Mr. O'Brien (as Japheth) is blinded and put to work at a treadmill...

Only a miracle will save him!

The juxtaposition of "The Flood" and "The Blood" draws uncomfortable parallels; probably, filmmaker Darryl F. Zanuck didn't intend to imply God caused both. This is another film inspired by D.W. Griffith's colossal "Intolerance" (1916), but executed on the relatively smaller epic scale Cecil B. DeMille used in his original silent version of "The Ten Commandments" (1923). Again, we have "Biblical" and "Modern" stories being told, and not all too well. Still, the production values and close-ups are terrific. Some of the talking parts have been restored, but the color sequences are apparently lost.

******* Noah's Ark (11/1/28) Michael Curtiz ~ Dolores Costello, George O'Brien, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Noah Beery

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