After burning Rome, Emperor Nero decides to blame the Christians, and issues the edict that they are all to be caught and sent to the arena. Two old Christians are caught, and about to be hauled off, when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When he sees their stepdaughter Mercia, he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursues Mercia, which gets him into trouble with Emperor (for being easy on Christians) and with the Empress, who loves him and is jealous. Written by
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According to Fredric March's assessment of co-star Colbert in this film, "She was a hot woman in it - a hot, hot woman! When she worked herself up, she put Monroe, Harlow, Gardner, Novak, all of them in the shade." See more »
We see a woman tied up in the Coliseum as crocodiles are set loose on her. They are clearly alligators (broad snout), which were unknown to Europeans until Columbus's time, 15 centuries later. Only two countries have alligators: The United States and China.The Romans never went to either place. See more »
My head is splitting... the wine last night, the music... the delicious debauchery!
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Christian Hymn No.1
Music and Lyrics by Rudolph G. Kopp
Sung a cappella by Christians at the meeting
Reprised by them after their capture and at the arena
Sung a cappella by Elissa Landi and Tommy Conlon
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This 1932 Classic film took me by complete surprise with its down to earth depictions of how the early Christians suffered for their faith at the hands of the Roman Empire. These Christians suffered by lions chewing them up, or tigers and even alligators having them for a full course dinner and even Pigmy's got into the act. Nero was played by a very young Charles Laughton who acted just like I would imagine Nero really was as a person, nuts. Feredric March, (Marcus Superbus) was Nero's right hand man and hunted down Christians for the arena until he comes face to face with Mercia (Elissa Landi) a beautiful Christian girl. Claudetter Colbert,(Empress Poppaea) is Nero's Empress and is deeply in love with Marcus and finds this Christian girl Mercia a thorn in her side, so to speak. Marcus brings Mercia to his palace in order to seduce her and she will have no part in pleasing Marcus sexually, so he gets mad and has one of his harlots dance around Mercia in a sort of sexual Lesbian dance called the "Moon Dance" where she tries to seduce this girl in front of an audience. It is hard for me to believe this film was made in 1932 and was not censored from being shown. If you want to see a great gem of a Classic film, this is definitely the film for you.
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