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Director:
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack (from an adaptation by: historical material)
Waldemar Young (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
5 October 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
History's most seductive woman! The screen's mightiest spectacle! See more »
Plot:
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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(20 articles)
User Reviews:
A DeMille Desert Spectacular See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudette Colbert ... Cleopatra
Warren William ... Julius Caesar

Henry Wilcoxon ... Marc Antony

Joseph Schildkraut ... Herod
Ian Keith ... Octavian
Gertrude Michael ... Calpurnia

C. Aubrey Smith ... Enobarbus

Irving Pichel ... Apollodorus
Arthur Hohl ... Brutus

Edwin Maxwell ... Casca
Ian Maclaren ... Cassius (as Ian MacLaren)
Eleanor Phelps ... Charmion
Leonard Mudie ... Pothinos
Grace Durkin ... Iras
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Glabrio (scenes deleted)
Claudia Dell ... Octavia
Harry Beresford ... Soothsayer
Jayne Regan ... Lady Vesta (as Jane Regan)
William Farnum ... Lepidus
Lionel Belmore ... Fidius
Florence Roberts ... Lady Flora
Richard Alexander ... General Philodemas (as Dick Alexander)
Celia Ryland ... Lady Leda
William V. Mong ... Court physician
Robert Warwick ... General Achillas
George Walsh ... Courier
Kenneth Gibson ... Scribe
Wedgwood Nowell ... Scribe (as Wedgewood Nowell)
Bruce Warren ... Scribe
Robert Seiter ... Aelius (as Robert Manning)
Edgar Dearing ... Convict (as Ed Deering)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Agnes de Mille ... Dancer (scenes deleted)
Jimmy Aye ... Slave (uncredited)
Zita Baca ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Malcolm Ball ... Extra (uncredited)

Leon Beaumon ... Egyptian Guard (uncredited)
Martin Beaumon ... Egyptian (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marjorie Bonner ... Roman Girl (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Slave (uncredited)
Edmund Burns ... Roman (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Roman (uncredited)

John Carradine ... Roman Citizen / Party Guest / Soldier (voice) (uncredited)
Olga Celeste ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Ecki ... A Leopard (uncredited)
Mary Fahrney ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Slave (uncredited)
Bob Hall ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Neal Hart ... Slave (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Julanne Johnston ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edmund Jones ... Nubian Slave (uncredited)
Jilda Keeling ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nicholai Konovaloff ... Roman General (uncredited)
Timothy J. Lonergan ... Roman General (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Roman Greeting Antony (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Roman Woman (uncredited)
John Roy Marsilio ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
John Merton ... Roman Guard (uncredited)
Charles Morris ... Cicero (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Roman Greeting Antony (uncredited)

David Niven ... Slave (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Onlooker at Procession (uncredited)
Harry Raven ... Slave (uncredited)
Mrs. Tom Rooney ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Roy ... Slave (uncredited)
Jack Rutherford ... Drussus - Model Builder (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ynez Seabury ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Roman (uncredited)
Ernie Smith ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Bryant Washburn Jr. ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bryant Washburn ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
 
Writing credits
Bartlett Cormack (from an adaptation by: historical material)

Waldemar Young (screen play) and
Vincent Lawrence (screen play)

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp  (as Rudolph Kopp)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Billy Gordon (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson (uncredited)
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Vicky Williams (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David MacDonald .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ralph Jester .... sculptor: Caesar's Head (uncredited)
Michael D. Moore .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Franklin Hansen .... sound director (uncredited)
Harry Lindgren .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
William C. Mellor .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Rhea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cooper Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... costumes: Miss Colbert
 
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Emily Barrye .... script clerk (uncredited)
Roy Burns .... business manager (uncredited)
Florence Cole .... secretary: Mr. DeMille (uncredited)
Gladys Jeans .... stand-in: Claudette Colbert (uncredited)
Jeanie Macpherson .... researcher (uncredited)
Gladys Percey .... researcher (uncredited)
Chester Seay .... archery instructor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min | West Germany:92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #80) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
From the outset, Cecil B. DeMille was determined to bring the Cleopatra story to the masses, feeling that the Shakespeare and Shaw versions were too highbrow.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The main doors to Cleopatra's chambers have modern metal hinges.See more »
Quotes:
Cleopatra:So Rome would forgive and take you back? And all they demand is for us to part. Why don't they ask the sun to fall right out of the sky?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Get a Life (2006) (V)See more »

FAQ

Was the "Cough Drop" Heiress, Merry Fahrney a Handmaiden?
Gil Berry---Ex Illinois Football Capt.---Did He Play a Roman Guard?
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A DeMille Desert Spectacular, 17 April 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

For one moment in History, she is the world's most powerful woman. Devious, dangerous & entrancingly beautiful, she controls a kingdom while swaying an empire. She is Queen of the Nile. She is Egypt. She is CLEOPATRA.

Claudette Colbert is perfectly cast in the title role - deadly & fascinating, it's almost like watching a desert viper act. Exhibiting mega star wattage in arguably her best role, Colbert is one of the legendary actresses who could hold her own without being swallowed by the lavish costumes & sets which fill her every scene.

This is not to say she runs away with the entire film, however. Her male co-stars more than hold their own. A much underrated actor, Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony is excellent & shows what he would have been capable of in other roles if given the chance. In what amounts to little more than a cameo, Joseph Schildkraut gives a malicious turn to Herod the Great. Warren William & Ian Keith as the two Caesars strive mightily with their characters and generally succeed. Irving Pichel is very effective in his understated role as Cleopatra's advisor. Wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith gives his usual first-rate performance, this time as an elderly Roman general. Film mavens who listen carefully will hear the voice of John Carradine a time or two as a Roman extra.

Cecil B. DeMille generally liked to portray as much sin as possible, usually wrapped around a sermon. Here, in the sensuous barge scene, he simply opens the floodgates & lets his bad taste flow out - to the viewer's fascination. Aided by Rudolph Kopp's throbbing music, this entire episode has PRE-PRODUCTION CODE emblazoned all over it.

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