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The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  18 October 1935 (USA)
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In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Burbix
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John Wood ...
Flavius, as a Man
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Prefect (Allus Martius)
David Holt ...
Flavius, as a Boy
Dorothy Wilson ...
Clodia
Wyrley Birch ...
Leaster
Gloria Shea ...
Julia
Frank Conroy ...
Gaius Tanno
William V. Mong ...
Cleon, the Slave Dealer
Murray Kinnell ...
Simon, Judean Peasant
Henry Kolker ...
Warder
Edward Van Sloan ...
Calvus
Zeffie Tilbury ...
The Wise Woman
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Storyline

Peaceloving blacksmith Marcus refuses lucrative offers to fight in the arena...until his wife dies for lack of medical care. His life as a gladiator coarsens him, and shady enterprises make him the richest man in Pompeii, while his son Flavius (who met Jesus on a brief visit to Judaea) is as gentle as Marcus once was. The final disaster of Marcus and Flavius's cross purposes is interrupted by the eruption of Vesuvius. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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18 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Untergang von Pompeji  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the music in the battle scenes and the final cataclysm is taken directly from King Kong. See more »

Goofs

The central subplot of the meeting with Jesus is impossible, as Pompeii was destroyed after his death in 79 A.D. Given these dates, Flavius would have been a middle aged man, clearly not the youth in his 20's as portrayed in the film. See more »

Quotes

Pontius Pilate: [carelessly, after Marcus has thanked him for a payment] What have I done/
[Suddenly stricken with guilt]
Pontius Pilate: What have I done?
Marcus: Excellency!
Pontius Pilate: Forgive me. I am not myself. Just now I have been forced to condemn a Man. Poor Man, I found no fault in Him. But I must try to keep the peace.
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Crazy Credits

The foreword at the beginning of the film is a disclaimer stating that this film is not based on Bulwer-Lytton's novel at all. (It does not use the novel's plot, nor does it have any of the novel's characters.) However, the disclaimer goes on to say that the filmmakers are indebted to him for the description of the destruction of Pompeii. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Basil Rathbone (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Features music from the following films:
King Kong (1933)
The Son of Kong (1933)
She (1935)
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Enjoyable disaster movie from the King Kong team
9 December 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Two years after King Kong, the same team went on to make this enjoyable disaster movie about life in Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It is directed by Kong's Ernest B Schoedsack and the impressive eruption at the end was also done by the same people who did the effects for Kong including Willis O'Brien.

The excellent cast includes Preston Foster, Alan Hale, a pre Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone and Edward Van Sloan (Dracula, Frankenstein).

The Last Days of Pompeii seems to be quite a rare movie and I was pleased when BBC2 screened it several years ago and I still have it on video.

Catch this if you are lucky. Enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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