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Salome (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History | 24 March 1953 (USA)
After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias.

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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils  »

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The feature film debut of noted British stage actor Alan Badel. He had previously appeared only in a British short film, The Stranger Left No Card (1952). See more »

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In Palestine, Claudius saves Salome from a gila monster, a venomous lizard found only in southwestern North America. See more »

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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 »

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Remade as Salomé (1978) See more »

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Beauty and the Bible
21 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this film does vary from the biblical storyline, it's worth watching for Rita alone. She's a vision in all her scenes and very good in her part, culminating in her 'Dance of the Seven Veils', which is a treasure. {I only wish it wasn't montaged with the death of the Baptist.} Rita never looked lovelier than she does here and her Jean Louis costumes are all drop-dead gorgeous. Stewart Granger is pretty good, better than usual, he and Rita having good chemistry here. It's well cast, with actors Charles Laughton and Dame Judith Anderson both excellent as King Herod and Queen Herodias. Arnold Moss is slithering as the evil adviser to Queen Herodias, though Alan Badel as John the Baptist seems more like a wild-eyed madman than a holy prophet. Though there are some filler segments that are not up to the rest of the film, still I think it's excellent entertainment.


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