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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:
The best version for those who love kitsch... 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:
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:Together we could conquer the world.
Julius Caesar:Nice of you to include me.
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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The best version for those who love kitsch..., 11 April 2001
Author: (patrick.hunter@csun.edu) from Northridge, Ca

Was Demille more daring than any other director or was he just clueless? What does one say when the curtains close on Antony and Cleopatra and suddenly the screen erupts with more sexual symbols than any moment in Hollywood's history? From the phallic symbols (oars) to the yonic symbols (curtains) until finally both orgasmically mesh together in a final combination (a drummer with his drum), the scene tells us we're viewing the artistry of a kinky genius or a shameless carney.

And along with the jawdropping visuals, the film is crammed with juicy Demille-like dialog. Unlike other Demille films, this one has a wonderful cast to deliver his unique oneliners, and there are so many. My own favorites are the moments of dumbdowned Shakespeare. Instead of speaking of Cleopatra's "infinite variety" we are told she is always "many colored" and, of course, instead of "Et tu, Brute?" we get, "You? You too, Brutus?" What can you say about a movie in which Julius Ceasar says "Nope" to his senators? Nothing. One can only savor every delicious moment of camp that only a Demille could serve up.

The Taylor/Burton version is more spectacular, more intelligent, and more historical, but for those who relish kitsch--and this story always lends itself to it--this version is the best.

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