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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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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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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 »


Richard the Lionheart wears a wristwatch. See more »


Alice, Princess of France: [after being told she must vacate her cabin on the ship for another royal lady] I am Alice of France, betrothed to King Richard. Who are you?
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: I'm his wife.
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Song of the Crusades
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Rudolph G. Kopp
Lyrics by Harold Lamb and Leo Robin
Special Choral Lyrics by Jeanie Macpherson
Performed by chorus
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Demille epic pt II
23 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The name De Mille evokes big sets, big costumes and bigger action and Crusades was his follow up to his earlier take on Christian oration from the scandalous - in a good way - Sign of the cross. Henry Wilcoxson, his Marc Anthony of Cleopatra and the always beautiful Loretta Young team up in this extravagant epic. King Richard the Lionheart is not a Christian and is not faithful to the ways of the sign of the cross but to escape a forced marriage he signs up for the Crusades to free the holy city of Jerusalem. Of course, there is scheming behind his back to seize his throne while he is gone. Along the way he trades for a wife, Loretta and haggles and argues with his other European leaders. Now, it has often not be said for it is almost as if De Mille build big sets and big stories to tell little moments for all his excess, his movies are ridiculously dialogue driven, even by the standards of the other expensive blockbuster-type movies made back then. De Mille loved dialogue scenes and focusing on character. Very strange. And this movie is really a politics and character movie as the future of Europe is argued and royal pompous exposed. The action sequences are obvious studio sets but well shot. The final moments have good heart that is not forced but earned. Thus, is this a good movie. It is hard to say because for every good scene there is a juvenile scene obviously put in to satiate the masses. Good direction though, very good direction. That said, Crusades lost money when first released, if you only look at its Domestic boxoffice rentals but was the biggest grossing movie of its year.

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