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From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912)

TV-PG | | Biography, Drama | 1913 (USA)
An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Gene Gauntier (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
R. Henderson Bland ... Jesus - the Man (as Robert Henderson-Bland)
Percy Dyer Percy Dyer ... Jesus as a Youth
Gene Gauntier ... Mary
Alice Hollister ... Mary Magdalene
Samuel Morgan Samuel Morgan ... Pilate
James D. Ainsley ... John the Baptist
Robert G. Vignola ... Judas
George Kellog George Kellog ... Herod
J.P. McGowan ... Wise Man 1
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An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise men. After a stay in Egypt to avoid King Herod, his family settles in Nazareth. After years of preparation, Jesus gathers together a group of disciples, and then begins to speak publicly and to perform miracles, inspiring hope in many of his listeners, but also arousing some dangerous opposition. Written by Snow Leopard

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus of Nazareth See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethlehem, Palestine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Gauntier and J.J. Clark were married in Palestine during filming. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-issued in 1938 with a musical score, narration, and new closeups. See more »

Connections

Version of The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003) See more »

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biblical curio
13 September 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Sidney Olcott's curious life of Christ was staple fare for 50s schoolkids under the guise of the terrible voiceover version distributed by Rev. Brian Hessian - this was the version I first saw and although the quality of the film, all its anachorisms aside, shone through, I didn't think the marriage of modernish narration to silent splendour worked at all.

I later saw a tinted copy on video with a lovely musical accompaniment and was struck by the touching portrayal of Robert Henderson-Bland as Jesus. Some of the camera tricks are justly famous, the boy and the cross probably more so than any other, but this very early feature film is one of the best I have seen so far.


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