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The Crusades (1935)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 25 October 1935 (USA)
King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

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The Hermit
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Alice - Princess of France (as Katherine De Mille)
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Conrad - Marquis of Montferrat
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Sancho - King of Navarre
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The Blacksmith
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John - Prince of England
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Robert - Earl of Leicester
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Alan - Richard's Squire
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Hugo - Duke of Burgundy
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Frederick - Duke of the Germans
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The Third Crusade as it didn't happen. King Richard Coeur de Lion goes on the crusade to avoid marrying Princess Alice of France; en route, he marries Berengaria to get food for his men. Berengaria.is captured by Saladin, spurring Richard to attack and capture Acre. But Saladin, attracted to her, takes her on to Jerusalem, and Richard is in danger of assassination. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Wonders to dazzle the human imagination - in a flaming love story set in titanic world conflict! See more »


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25 October 1935 (USA)  »

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As Cruzadas  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Cecil B. DeMille interspersed real firemen, costumed as crusaders, among the battle scene extras in order to prevent any fires from getting out of control. Firefighting equipment was also hidden under props, out of camera range but within easy reach. See more »

Goofs

Marriage by token was an actual custom used by royalty. It permitted the marriage of couples, often only children, in widely separated countries. It would not have been considered proper with the individuals located as close as shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: We've been blind. We were proud dearest when we took the cross in our pride, we fought to conquer Jerusalem. We tried to ride through blood to the Holy Place of God. And now... now we suffer.
Saladin, Sultan of Islam: The Holy City of Allah.
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: What if we call him Allah or God? Shall men fight because they travel different roads to him? There is only one God.
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Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Blondel's Love Song
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolph G. Kopp
Lyrics by Harold Lamb
Performed by Alan Hale and chorus
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script failure
6 December 2013 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

The production values of this picture are excellent. You can tell from the sets and costumes a lot of money was spent. The great weakness of this film is the script and acting technique. The script is straight 19th century maudlin melodrama. Unfortunately, the acting technique is the same. Lines are delivered in a stilted, formal manner common to the stage of an earlier era instead of the more natural technique we are accustomed to seeing in film today. The 30's was indeed a transition period in acting technique: the over wrought melodramatic technique of the silent pictures and stage in the early thirties to the natural technique finally adopted in the late 30's. Of course, the plot itself is implausibly melodramatic "love conquers all" for "world peace" kind of thing. Still, for a film student its still worth watching for the fine directing.


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