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28 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Surpasses anything ever filmed before! See more »
Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vigorous, unusual, funny and spectacular! See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Temujin, later Genghis Khan

Susan Hayward ... Bortai

Pedro Armendáriz ... Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)

Agnes Moorehead ... Hunlun

Thomas Gomez ... Wang Khan

John Hoyt ... Shaman

William Conrad ... Kasar

Ted de Corsia ... Kumlek
Leslie Bradley ... Targutai

Lee Van Cleef ... Chepei
Peter Mamakos ... Bogurchi
Leo Gordon ... Tartar Captain
Richard Loo ... Captain of Wang's guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Chieftain #2 (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Honest John (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Jalair (uncredited)
Lane Bradford ... Chieftain #4 (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Tartar (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Dancer in Wang's Palace (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Tartar Guard Sounding Alarm (uncredited)
John George ... Drummer Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Bortai's Slave Woman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Subuya - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Chieftain #1 (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle ... Monk (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Potter (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ... Chieftain #3 (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... (uncredited)
Pat Lawler ... Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Mongol (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Girl in Bath (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... Solo Dancer (uncredited)
Pat McMahon ... Girl in Bath (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Scribe (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Temple Dancer (uncredited)
Norman S. Powell ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Guard (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Sibilant Sam (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Sorgan - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)

Patricia Tiernan ... Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Carl Vernell ... Merkit Captain (uncredited)

Michael Wayne ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)

Patrick Wayne ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Powell 
Writing credits
Oscar Millard (written by)

Produced by
Dick Powell .... producer
Richard Sokolove .... associate producer
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Ford 
Kennie Marstella 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Al Orenbach (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Terry Kellum .... sound
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
Albert Simpson .... photographic effects
X Brands .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
Bernie Gozier .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Spiker .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill White Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Wood .... costumes: men
Michael Woulfe .... costumes: Miss Hayward
Editorial Department
Stuart Gilmore .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... music supervisor
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (as William Hole Jr.)
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Robert Sidney .... choreographer
Ian Murray .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... wrangler (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... wrangler (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17046) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

The film is sometimes called "An RKO Radioactive Picture." It was filmed near a nuclear test site, and the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout. Photographs exist of John Wayne holding a Geiger counter. After location shooting, contaminated soil was transported back to Hollywood in order to match interior shooting done there. Over the next 20 years, many actors and crew members developed cancer. "People" Magazine researched the cast's and crew's health for an article. By the time it was published, in November 1980, 91 of the 220 cast and crew members had developed cancer. Forty-six had died, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz (who shot himself soon after learning he had terminal cancer), Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt and director Dick Powell. The count did not include several hundred local Native Americans who played extras, or relatives of the cast and crew who visited the set, including John Wayne's son Michael Wayne. The article quoted the reaction of a scientist from the Pentagon's Defense Nuclear Agency to the news, "Please, God, don't let us have killed John Wayne". As of June 2011, the "People article" is available in its archive online.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Temujin throws a spear at a man in a stream, the wire guiding it is visible. The spear's trajectory is also wobbly.See more »
Hunlun:She will bring woe to you and your people, my son! A woman made wife against her will can be a dangerous foe!
Temujin:For good or ill - she is my destiny.
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57 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Vigorous, unusual, funny and spectacular!, 2 November 2003

In the 1950s, people liked Cinemascope and Technicolor movies...

Epic movies with gigantic battles, huge and fantastic sets and costumes, were massive projects and hugely popular...

One of them is 'The Conqueror' played by legendary actors...

The film deals with Mongols, Merkits, and Tartars struggling for survival in a harsh and arid land.. Plunder and rapine were their way of life and no man trusted his brother...

The Mongols, led by Temujin (John Wayne) and his blood brother Jamuga (Pedro Armendariz), attack a Merkit caravan, capturing the untamed princess Bortai (Susan Hayward), daughter of Kumlek (Ted De Corsia), ruler of the Tartars and slayer of Temujin's father...

Temujin's mother, Hunlun (Agnes Moorehead), fears Kumlek's wrath, and she begs Temujin to set Bortai free, but he refuses... Despite his vow to avenge his father's death, Temujin was fascinated by the girl's beauty and fire..

The Merkits attack in an attempt to rescue the hot-blooded Bortai but are defeated... Bortai escapes but is soon recaptured by Temujin, who declares he will make her his wife... But later, she lets him know how much she despises him: 'Before that day dawns, Mongol, the vultures will have feasted on your heart!'

Temujin waits... The Mongols then go on to Urga—a Chinesea town ruled by the powerful Wang Khan (Thomas Gomez).

The mighty ruler welcomes his guests and entertains them at a banquet... Bortai attends and is seated next to him... She suddenly decides to dance for the Khan and, taking two swords, starts her exotic dance... At the end, having discarded one of the swords, she aims the other one at Temujin...

As Genghis Khan, the 12th Century Mongol warrior whose coming changed the face of the world, John Wayne won't disappoint his ardent followers...

The highlight of the film is the sensational veil and swords dance Susan Hayward performs... Hayward looked radiant in her wrath...

Agnes Moorehead nearly manages to steal the show as her imitation of a talking prune is absolutely extraordinary...

Two of Wayne's sons had bit parts as warriors...

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