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Writers:
James Ashmore Creelman (story) and
Melville Baker (story) ...
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Release Date:
18 October 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Preston Foster ... Marcus

Alan Hale ... Burbix

Basil Rathbone ... Pontius Pilate
John Wood ... Flavius, as a Man

Louis Calhern ... 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
John Davidson ... Phoebus, Runaway Slave
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Allen ... Woman (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... The Janitor of the Slave Market (uncredited)
Maurice Black ... Attendant in Gladiators' Training Room (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Murmex of Carthage, a Gladiator (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... Runaway Slave (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Cato the Gladiator (uncredited)
Helen Freeman ... Martha (uncredited)
Winston Hibler ... Marcellus (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... The Lanista (uncredited)
Bruce King ... Scythian Prisoner (uncredited)
Marc Loebell ... Lucius (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Pompeii Nobleman (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... The Augur, a Pompeii Official (uncredited)
Margaret McWade ... Calvus' Wife (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Citizen of Pompeii (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
Ole M. Ness ... Drusus, Runaway Slave (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... Extra (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Tax Gatherer (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Spectator Tossing Coins (uncredited)
Hannah Williams ... Citizen of Pompeii (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
James Ashmore Creelman (story) and
Melville Baker (story)

Ruth Rose (screenplay)

Boris Ingster (collaborator for adaptation)

Jerry Hutchinson  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
G.B. Stern  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt 
Jack Cardiff (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek  (as Archie F. Marshek)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Aline Bernstein 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Thomas .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Byron L. Crabbe .... art technician (as Byron Crabbe)
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
Thomas Little .... set dresser
Aloys Bohnen .... art work (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects (as Harry Redmond)
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Linden Jr. .... photographic technician (as Eddie Linden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Willis H. O'Brien .... chief technician (as Willis O'Brien)
John Speaks .... production associate
Russell Lewis .... director: dance numbers (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #1263) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
According to the book The RKO Story, this film cost $237,000 more than it grossed in its original release, but finally broke even with the box office from a 1949 re-release, paired with She (1935).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Pontius Pilate committed suicide in Gaul in approximately 38 A.D. and could not have been present in Pompeii during the same year that Mt Vesuvius erupted (79 AD).See more »
Quotes:
Marcus:If you don't want my money, what will you give to the poor?
Flavius, as a Man:Myself.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in An Unfathomable Friendship (2003) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
DeMille Like Film For RKO, 2 June 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The team that produced King Kong for RKO Pictures, writer Meriam C. Cooper and director Ernest B. Schoedsack, decided to emulate Cecil B. DeMille in giving us The Last Days Of Pompeii. It's not a bad film, but it nearly bankrupted RKO so prohibitive was the cost for that small studio.

The film bears a distinct resemblance to DeMille's eye filling, but now incredibly campy The Sign Of The Cross. Our protagonist here is Preston Foster who plays Marcus the Blacksmith, but before the film is done goes through more reinventions of character than you would find in good and bad Russian literature. As a content, but happy blacksmith a bit of good fortune has him and wife celebrating. But she's accidentally injured and dies for lack of medical care, not that medical care was all that good back in those days to begin with. Foster decides that all that matters in life is the money you can accumulate for a rainy day. Foster is constantly reassessing life throughout the film.

Foster gets to go to Judea and is on the scene of the crucifixion and before that has Jesus heal his adopted son David Holt who grows up to be John Wood. Foster also meets Basil Rathbone as Pontius Pilate who also does some major reassessing after presiding over the trial of Jesus.

If the Oscar for Special Effects was in existence in 1935 it would have been interesting to see either The Last Days Of Pompeii or Mutiny On The Bounty would have won the award. Those scenes of the volcanic eruption of Versuvius are what guaranteed this film would not show a profit. They do rival what DeMille was capable of, but DeMille had a far bigger studio and more financial security in Paramount.

Also in the cast are Louis Calhern as the Roman consul and Alan Hale as Foster's number two man. They give their usual good performances.

As for RKO Studios and Preston Foster, they got some Oscar recognition for another film that Foster did for them that year. It was the low budget, but incredibly powerful Irish story, The Informer where Victor McLaglen won for Best Actor. A much better film than The Last Days Of Pompeii.

Still the spectacle of this film can still awe you, even on the small screen.

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