Salome (1953)

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In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Commander Claudius
Tiberius Caesar (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Alan Badel ...
Basil Sydney ...
Maurice Schwartz ...
Ezra the King's Advisor
Arnold Moss ...
Micha the Queen's Advisor
Asoka Rubener ...
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In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

24 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the last film produced by Rita Hayworth's production company, the Beckworth Company. Hayworth later called her "Dance of the Seven Veils" in this film, "the most demanding [dance] of my entire career," and said it required "endless takes and retakes." See more »


In one scene, outside the walls of Jerusalem, with the "skyline" of the old city beyond the walls, you can see the golden Dome of the Rock, which wasn't built until more than 600 years after this story takes place. See more »


Queen Herodias: The desperate can only survive by taking desperate measures.
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At the end of the picture, rather than seeing the words "The End" on the screen, we see a title that says "This was the beginning". See more »


Remade as Salome (1973) See more »

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Fun and Frivolous
28 December 2008 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Chocked full of biblical inaccuracies, this fun free for all lasts for hours and hours. People complain that films are too long today, but those who do the complaining obviously have no idea that these older films even exist. Guess they also never heard of Gone with the Wind or To Kill a Mockingbird, either. LOL

Anyway, Rita Hayworth is beautiful in her part as Salome. She's quite possibly the most beautiful Salome ever, though the ambiguity of her character herein is a bit annoying, and the direction taken by this version of the biblical story is a bit odd, but the overall production is fun, nonetheless, though entirely frivolous.

All in all? It's entertaining and historically accurate, if not biblically so, which is so often the case.

It rates a 7.3/10 from...

...the Fiend :.

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