I suppose I'll have to consult some folks I know who make a living at theology, but I didn't know that the Three Wise Men mentioned in the Christmas story were Persians and followers of Zoroaster. All I remember was that they were from the East so some assumptions are made here.
The three are presented as scholars and they are played by Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, and John Crawford. Burr is the skeptic of the three, but the other two are convinced that a newly observed star is something foretold from the Hebrew prophecies. The three are versed in Jewish lore, I assume they're studying texts left to them by Esther and Mordecai.
After that the story follows along the lines set out in the gospels. Morris Ankrum plays an evil King Herod and Jay Novello who usually plays funny little guys who are of some kind of Latin or Italian origin changes type and he's a real schemer as Herod's spymaster.
An interesting variation on the best known story in the world.
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