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Helen of Troy (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 26 January 1956 (USA)
The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Helen (as Rossana Podesta)
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Paris (as Jack Sernas)
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Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Nora Swinburne ...
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Andraste
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Andros
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Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships! See more »


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26 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Die schöne Helena  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,976,000 (USA)
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(theatrical) | (with overture and exit music) | (uncut) | (cut) | (with overture)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)

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(WarnerColor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The studio badly wanted Stanley Baker to be in this film and they didn't care which part. See more »

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When the Greeks are first shown marching to attack Troy, the shot appears to be flopped since all the Greek soldiers appear to be left handed. They carry their spears with their left hands, and their shields in their right. See more »

Quotes

Paris: Oh Goddess come to Earth. Make me a mortal with your kiss and we'll live on nectar and ambrosia...
[kiss]
Paris: ... But I am not sure I like being so ethereal.
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In the United States, the credits on the film, and the promotional material, list Jacques Sernas as "Jack Sernas." See more »

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Warnercolor - NOT Technicolor
29 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Come on, IMDb'ers! Get your stuff right. Warner Brothers was the studio and they usually forced their producer/directors around this period to use their own proprietary single-strip color process, rather than Technicolor, which by 1956 had already abandoned its own more expensive to use and cumbersome to handle three-strip process. Somehow Robert Wise and his technicians managed to get more variety and warmer tones while using Warnercolor in this film than what was usually achieved stateside on W.B.'s Burbank sound stages and on various U.S. locations. Maybe it was, as Franco Zeffirelli is fond of calling it, "the golden-ah light" of Italy. Anyway this film is quite an eye-filling visual achievement. And Max Steiner's score is one of his better ones, pumping up the spectacle aspect quite effectively.

A couple of trivia notes: The Walls of Troy set accidentally caught fire before the company was finished with it, but Wise and his technicians were on the spot and managed to get some usable footage out of that disaster. (I don't know if they had to reconstruct it or rewrite some scenes that were originally supposed to have taken place on its ramparts.) And TIME magazine in its review complained that Signorina Podesta's vaccination scar (and I think that of Monsieur Sernas as well) is clearly visible in a love scene. Without computers to fix such gaffes back then, and probably not noticing that little "oops!" until examining footage in a U.S. screening room when the company returned home for editing, the studio probably figured they'd just let it pass. But forty-foot wide CinemaScope screens were quite merciless when it came to audiences' perceptions of the obvious.


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