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The Crusades (1935)

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King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

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Richard - King of England
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The Hermit
Katherine DeMille ...
Alice - Princess of France (as Katherine De Mille)
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Conrad - Marquis of Montferrat
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Philip the Second - King of France
George Barbier ...
Sancho - King of Navarre
Montagu Love ...
The Blacksmith
Ramsay Hill ...
John - Prince of England
Lumsden Hare ...
Robert - Earl of Leicester
Maurice Murphy ...
Alan - Richard's Squire
William Farnum ...
Hugo - Duke of Burgundy
Hobart Bosworth ...
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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A Paramount prop man, Daniel Ulrich, had his right leg crushed by the 35-ton siege tower used in the battle of Acre. See more »

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Richard's coat of arms is shown as three lions. He did not adopt this device until 1198, four years after returning from the crusades. See more »

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Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: [Resisting Richard pulling her into her father's room] Let go of my wrist! You're hurting it.
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Richard Ruled in England
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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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