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Writer:
Oscar Millard (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Surpasses anything ever filmed before! See more »
Plot:
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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Not that bad folks See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
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 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 their archive online.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[His bride-to-be tries to escape]
Temujin:I stole you. I will keep you. Before the sun sets you will come willingly to my arms.
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45 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Not that bad folks, 13 August 2003
Author: qorda from UK

I'd differ strongly from the adverse comments against this film. Coming from a country in neighbourhood of China, I have some knowledge of Oriental customs, so when I compare this movie to the Genghis Khan (Omar Sharif's) I am forced to call this movie outstanding. The script is restricted to the early life of Chengez till his rise to power begins. This is good as by focussing on a limited time span, there is only little mutilation of history. Decent coverage of his full life would have required three hours. Therefore, sensibly the most adventurous part has been covered, thereby avoiding boredom for the audience. Story line is fine and not loose. The movie remains thrilling throughout. Stunts are quite good and battle scenes credible. Although, unfortunately there is no notable oriental actor, yet make up is quite satisfactory as are the costumes. I wish some work had been done on the accent of the actors. John Wayne fits well in his role. He has a good military physique and a commanding presence. Susan Hayward, however, is too tall for an oriental women and lacked suitable makeup and costumes. Dialogues are short and focussed. The music is satisfactory. Shooting location is satisfactory, though some scenes should have been shot in snowy locations to remind people of bitter Mongolian winter. Perhaps some more focuss on Mongolian customs should also have attracted the attention of the public. Overall this is not at all a time waster but still shows that thorough research is needed for producing good historical movies especially when it comes to cultures unfamiliar to the West.

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