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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice - Princess of France (as Katherine De Mille)
Conrad - Marquis of Montferrat
Sancho - King of Navarre
The Blacksmith
Ramsay Hill ...
John - Prince of England
Robert - Earl of Leicester
Maurice Murphy ...
Alan - Richard's Squire
Hugo - Duke of Burgundy
Frederick - Duke of the Germans


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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You need ten eyes to see..ten ears to hear...ten hearts to feel...the tumultuous surge and glory of this mighty sepctacle, this shining romance...as impassioned now as when it first awed the world with its perfection! See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Cruzadas  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The research team for the film uncovered 11 published portraits of King Richard I in an attempt to make Henry Wilcoxon's hair and makeup historically accurate. No two portraits were similar enough to reliably create a definite design. See more »


The scene in Marseilles showing a siege engine being moved through the town is complete fabrication. Siege engines were disassembled for easier transport, or built at the siege site. See more »


Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: [Resisting Richard pulling her into her father's room] Let go of my wrist! You're hurting it.
Richard, King of England: Well stop pulling then.
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »


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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"Compressed History," Demille Style
30 May 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

In his autobiography, C. B. Demille indicated that he found the greatest compliment ever given to the film was during an IRS audit. The agent doing the audit was astonished that a film that good didn't make any money.

The historian and author Harold Lamb was instrumental in the scripting. Demille wanted the flavor of the Crusades in the one film, so The Hermit was used to outline the cause of the Crusades, and was used to "compress" the timeline to the Third Crusade. He also wanted to show that Saladin was as "knightly" as any of the Crusaders.

The film provides spectacle throughout, from ceremonies to battles, but that was Demille's style. The political intrigue in the background was more pronounced in this film than behind-the-scenes activities in . other Demille films, but that touch may have been Mr. Lamb's.

I first saw this on television, many years ago, by accident. It wasn't scheduled, but I happened to tune in to it when it started. It caught my attention, and I was hooked. It's one of his better films. It's also an interesting contrast to Kingdom of Heaven.

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