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Complete credited cast:
Princess Panthea
Terry Kilburn ...
King Cyrus (as Terrance Kilburn)
Leslie Bradley ...
Ruth Storey ...
Avil (Belshazzar's chief soldier)
Ric Roman ...
Daniel's aide
Robert Griffin ...
King Astyages
Beatrice Maude ...
Cyrus' foster mother
Wheaton Chambers ...
Cyrus' foster father
Paul Purcell ...
Dancer-Assassin (as Julie Newmeyer)


The Jews are taken from Jerusalem and made slaves by King Nebuchadnezzar. In the meantime Cyrus, king of the Persians, who has been living as a shepherd, is proclaimed king and defeats Nebuchadnezzar. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <>

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Release Date:

October 1953 (USA)  »

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Babylonin orjat  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Single Vanishing Point
24 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like many of the Katzman-Castle films of this era, Slaves of Babylon renders the color process a gimmick by purveying it through a hollow vehicle. This film is the hole in the biblical doughnut. The acting is poor (comical, in fact) and the dialogue is wasteful in service of irritating 'bible-speak' quips. I won't split hairs on the use of Stars of David embroidery for all Jewish characters, but will mention that the history is off by over a thousand years. As for Castle's direction, there are some moments of mobile framing and oblique staging, but they seem to remain in service of promoting the color process itself (Nahum at the river). Dramatic scenes are continuously cut short or dealt with indifferently from the point of direction. The most absurd example of this indifferent direction is when future King Cyrus is told by his father that his mother was raped to conceive him... we don't even get a front view of Cyrus at any point during this reveal! Continuous high and low angle framing never clarifies its purpose as being that of a transcendental historical subject or a diegetic critic of the relationship of servant and master. Needless to say, this film is the epitome of anti-dramatic and is conflated with inconsistency in tone, pace and sense of itself as a text. The mise-en-scene is too tableau to be considered painterly. The painted backdrops are positioned to announce themselves confidently as fake. There is a theme of tapestry in this film and that is perhaps the only true thing about the story. With no depth perceivable, I would have to remark the only single vanishing point as being the interest of the audience member.

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