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Director:
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack (from an adaptation by: historical material)
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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)
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This is a very different Cleopatra than the 1963 version! See more (42 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
Adolphe Menjou and John Gilbert were both offered the part of Caesar.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 »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
This is a very different Cleopatra than the 1963 version!, 2 March 2003
Author: marxi from Louisville, Kentucky

This movie is very different from the 1963 film starring Elizabeth Taylor. This version of "Cleopatra" doesn't take itself nearly as seriously as that film, and actually, it may be easier to watch for that very reason. However, Cleopatra as played by Claudette Colbert is definitely over the top. At times, she is so campy in her role that it seems inappropriate given some of the situations she is in and the gravity of the moment. I often had the sense that Claudett Colbert was straining to bring out a great performance of Cleopatra but that the director was guiding her to overdo it against her wishes and she somehow is letting the audience know! "Cleopatra" walks a fine line between being a tongue in cheek film and between being a serious drama, and sometimes the lines get blurred. Warren William is a bit irritating in his role as Julius Caesar. Henry Wilcoxon fares much better as Marc Antony and this film picks up steam as soon as he arrives on the scene. Several of the bit players are very good in "Cleopatra." This movie has an odd fascination to it. I actually found it to be better the second time I watched it than the first. It's worth watching for film buffs, but perhaps not everyone's cup of tea. I'd give this one an 80/100 despite the fact that it was nominated for "Best Picture" in 1934.

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