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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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  (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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten Biblical Epic, 23 July 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A young American living in France suffers severe emotional trauma after joining the Army during the First World War. Eventually he gains enormous comfort after listening to a saintly old Minister relate the story of NOAH'S ARK & The Great Deluge, showing that the evils of the present day will also be washed away.

This movie epic is a wonderful viewing experience, with plenty of romance & excitement. Warner Brothers lavished a great deal of money on the film - and it shows. Produced right at the very cusp of the talkie era, this is a mostly silent film with some talkie sequences - which makes it quite fascinating from a technological point of view.

While perhaps it would be easy to laugh at the somewhat gauche vocal efforts of some of the cast, this would be to miss the point. Talking pictures were brand new & the entire society of movie actors were scrambling to learn how to perform in the perplexing new medium. NOAH'S ARK shows the best efforts of these particular actors at that time. Actually, Noah Beery, as the villain, uses his dramatic deep voice to good effect.

It was a favorite convention in lavish film epics of the 1920's to tell two concurrent stories: one modern & moralistic, the other from some far distant -and decadent- past. (DeMille tried this format more than once.) This gave the filmmaker the opportunity to both preach & serve-up generous quantities of sin. It also gave the actors, as here, the chance to play dual roles - each used as a counterpoint to the other.

Rugged George O'Brien & sweet Dolores Costello do fine work as the romantic leads in both stories. Guinn Williams is a stalwart support to O'Brien. Noah Beery is detestable as the wicked villain, and Paul McAllister is memorable as the Minister/Noah. Young Myrna Loy has a small part as a dancer.

Scriptural purity is not entirely adhered to in the Noah scenes; elements from the stories of Moses & Samson are interpolated and far more attention is given to the evil outside the Ark than what went on inside it. The thrilling Deluge scenes are truly epic, however, and were just as dangerous to the extras as they appear.

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