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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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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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film marked the beginning of director Cecil B. DeMille's lifelong friendship and working partnership with actor Henry Wilcoxon, who became a a regular face in DeMille's films as part of DeMill'es unofficial "stock company". The friendship between DeMille and Wilcoxon was later described as being that of a surrogate father/son relationship in Scott Eyman's biography of DeMille "Empire of Dreams" as Wilcoxon had lost his own father at an early age and DeMille came to fill that void in his life. See more »

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There was no Russian prince on the Third Crusade: it was a Latin, not an Orthodox, venture. See more »

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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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Richard Ruled in England
(1935) (uncredited)
Music traditional, "Son of a Gambolier"
Lyrics by Harold Lamb
Performed by Alan Hale and chorus
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Historical Spectacle - DeMille Style
30 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A playboy king & a beautiful princess. A holy hermit & a sacred mission. Intrigue & romance & sin & spectacle. In fact, another Cecil B. DeMille history lesson.

This time, DeMille takes on THE CRUSADES, a highly complex military & political enterprise that actually played out over 200 years. He focuses on one episode: The Third Crusade & England's King Richard the Lionheart's thrust to claim Jerusalem & the Holy Land from the Seljuk Turks in 1188-1192. Interestingly enough, DeMille gets a lot of his historical facts correct, but he does spend quite a bit of time detailing Richard's lustful, wanton ways.

Literature & film have tended to wildly romanticize Richard. In historical fact, he was a bad king interested primarily in his own glory. He spent only 6 months of his reign in Britain, he bankrupted the Treasury with his Crusading schemes and he abandoned his young wife. But such is the power of Romance that he is generally seen as the beau ideal of kingliness.

Henry Wilcoxon is a good, sturdy, if unspectacular, Richard. Loretta Young is beautiful, as always, as the Princess he marries. Sir C. Aubrey Smith is magnificent as the Holy Hermit who is the spiritual leader of the Crusade. Others in the fine cast are Alan Hale, Joseph Schildkraut, Mischa Auer & John Carradine (pay close attention to find him).

As a master of spectacle, DeMille really comes through towards the end of the film with the siege & capture of Acre (north of present day Haifa in Israel).All the stops are pulled out to show the full panoply & horror of mediaeval battle.


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