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The Conqueror (1956)

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Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.



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Complete credited cast:
Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)
Wang Khan
Leslie Bradley ...
Peter Mamakos ...
Leo Gordon ...
Tartar Captain
Richard Loo ...
Captain of Wang's guard


In ancient times, the Mongolian warlord Temujin must do battle against the rival tribe that killed his father. The battles pale in comparison with Temujin's home life, as he attempts to woo the heart of the red-haired Tartar prisoner Bortai whom he has captured in a raid. He must also deal with various intrigues within his palace. Eventually, Bortai falls to his manly charms, Temujin defeats his enemies within and without, and is crowned Genghis Khan. Written by <>

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Release Date:

28 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conqueror of the Desert  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$4,500,000 (USA)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide" by John Wilson. See more »


There are numerous inaccuracies regarding the people, places, and tribes involved. The opening text explains that while based on true events, this story is fiction. See more »


Temujin: She is a woman - much woman. Should her perfidy be less than that of other women?
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Historical Significance
1 November 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

It's easy to slam the Duke miscasted as Chinghis Xaan in this film [He was reportedly embarrassed enough not to mention it often in his lifetime] However, the real significance is great numbers of the cast that died of cancer: Susan Hayward, the Duke, Pedro Armendariz, Dick Powell, Lee Van Cleef, De Corsia, Leo Gordon and others. The film was shot on a site where A bomb testing had been conducted and this fact was hushed up for several years. Yes, the film did not have "legs" and is dated. But, I remember seeing it as a young guy and loved it. Years later after completing a doctorate in anthropology, I still love it...bad as it is.

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