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Release Date:
6 May 1955 (USA) See more »
Two Years In The Making! A Fortune To Produce! See more »
A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lana Turner ... Samarra

Edmund Purdom ... Micah

Louis Calhern ... Nahreeb

Audrey Dalton ... Ruth

James Mitchell ... Asham

Neville Brand ... Rhakim
Walter Hampden ... Eli
Taina Elg ... Elissa
Francis L. Sullivan ... Bosra

Joseph Wiseman ... Carmish

John Dehner ... Joram
Sandy Descher ... Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)

Cecil Kellaway ... Governor
Philip Tonge ... Barber-Surgeon
David Leonard ... Blind Man

Henry Daniell ... Ramadi

Paul Cavanagh ... Tobiah
Dayton Lummis ... Caleb
Tracey Roberts ... Tahra
Jarma Lewis ... Uba
Jay Novello ... Merchant

Dorothy Adams ... Carpenter's Wife
Peter DeBear ... Carpenter's Son
Phyllis Graffeo ... Miriam
Patricia Iannone ... Deborah
Eugene Mazzola ... David
George Sawaya ... Kavak
Richard Devon ... Risafe
Ann Cameron ... Lahla
Gloria Dea ... Faradine
John Rosser ... Lirhan
Charles Wagenheim ... Zubeir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Bond ... Crier (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Woman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Townsman (uncredited)
Zev Bufman ... Worshipper (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Bit Role (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Guard (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Barber (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Nubian Woman (uncredited)
Joanna Dale ... Bunny (uncredited)
John Damler ... Jailer (uncredited)
Linda Danson ... Owl (uncredited)
Mary Dean ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Patricia Denise ... Chicken (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Mother (uncredited)
Diane Gump ... Fox (uncredited)

Allison Hayes ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Opponent (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Salkhad (uncredited)
Patricia Jackson ... Lion (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Murderer (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Scribe (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Purveyor (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Guard (uncredited)
Melba Liston ... Female Servant (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Harun (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Lame Man (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Guard (uncredited)
Lucille Maracini ... Ram (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Tailor (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Servant (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Beggar (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Forerunner (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Mother (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Beggar (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
William Reeves ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Nahreeb's Scribe (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Chieftain (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Human Sacrifice (uncredited)

George Selk ... Citizen (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Woman Buying Grain (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Slave (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Beggar (uncredited)
Gloria Stone ... Mouse (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ... Abu (uncredited)
Joe Waring ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lila Zali ... Monkey (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
Writing credits
Joseph Breen (adaptation from the Bible story) (as Joe Breen Jr.) and
Samuel James Larsen (adaptation from the Bible story)

Maurice Zimm 

Produced by
Charles Schnee .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Production Management
William Dorfman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chester Hayes .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Louis Tomei .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
John Caper Jr. .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
André Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Alex Romero .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
112 min (TCM print) | Sweden:112 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

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This was Lana Turner's first movie in CinemaScope.See more »
Micah:[referring to his first sight of Samarra] Nahreeb, you said that everything has its price.
Nahreeb:She is not for a follower of Jehovah!
Micah:I mean to have her one way or the other!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Patches of brilliance, 18 January 2002
Author: Jugu Abraham ( from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Though the script and direction was lackluster, Lana Turner was bewitching, Joseph Wiseman a scene stealer, and Edmund Purdom very impressive in diction and mannerisms. I wish Purdom had been picked up by good directors to bring out his latent potential. Bronislaw Kaper's music was commendable.

All in all the contributions by many in this movie were notable, but somehow they lacked cohesion. Turner, Wiseman, and Purdom were all good to watch but they seem to be performing in three Biblical films made for three directors demanding different styles. Turner was epitome of Hollywood, Wiseman seemed to be playing in a French director's film, and Purdom in a British one.

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