Noah's Ark ()

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The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.


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Marie / Miriam
Travis / Japheth
Nickoloff / King Nephilim
Hilda / Tavern Maid
Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
Paul McAllister ...
Minister / Noah
Dancer / Slave Girl
The German / Leader of Soldiers
The Frenchman / Leader of the King's Guard
Innkeeper / Guard
The Balkan / Shem
Soldier / High Priest
Slave Broker
Investor with Gun / Trader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosita Delmar
Flood Extra (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo ...
Aide to Leader of Soldiers (uncredited)
Stockbroker (uncredited)
Flood Extra (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ...
Manager of Belgian Theater Troup (uncredited)
French Policeman (uncredited)
Man on Train (uncredited)
French Girl (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ...
Soldier in Trench (uncredited)
Martin Sperzel ...
Flood Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Curtiz
Darryl F. Zanuck ... (uncredited)

Written by

Darryl F. Zanuck ... (story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck)
Anthony Coldeway ... (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey)
De Leon Anthony ... (titles)

Produced by

Darryl F. Zanuck ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

Alois Reiser ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Barney McGill ... (photography)
Hal Mohr ... (photography)

Film Editing by

Harold McCord ... (edited by)

Art Direction by

Anton Grot ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Earl Luick ... (uncredited)

Art Department

Charles Gemora ... sculptor: idols (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Elmer Fryer ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Louis Silvers ... conductor: Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra / conductor: musical score
David Buttolph ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Adolph Deutsch ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Howard Jackson ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Bernhard Kaun ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
William Lava ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Max Steiner ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)
Franz Waxman ... composer: stock music (uncredited) (1957 reissue)

Additional Crew

Henry Blanke ... technician
John Daumery ... technician
Lewis Geib ... technician
Paul Grimm ... technician
Esdras Hartley ... technician
Fred Jackman ... technical director
Ned Mann ... technician
Harold Miles ... technician
Frank Murphy ... technician
Victor Vance ... technician
Robert Youngson ... presenter


Leith Adams ... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Chris Chigaridas ... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Martin Fox ... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Richard P. May ... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Fred Talmage ... special thanks (1990 restoration)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Brothers Vitaphone Production)



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Plot Summary

After a short split prologue showing riches as the root of evil in ancient and modern times, the film settles into 1914 France, where the Orient Express is about to be wrecked when a bridge washes out. Among those on board are Al and Travis, Americans who are traveling Europe spending Travis' money, and Marie, a German girl. The boys save Marie after the wreck and Travis falls in love with her. When World War I breaks out Al wants to enlist, but Travis can't, feeling loyal to Marie, a German. By 1917 Al has enlisted, and Travis follows him shortly after marrying Marie. Accused of being a German spy by a Russian agent, she is sentenced to die but is recognized by Travis, who is part of the firing squad. The town they are in is shelled and they are all trapped underground, during which a minister makes a lengthy parallel to ancient times when the King of Akkad persecuted his subjects and defied Jehovah, who finally sends a flood to wipe out mankind, except for Noah and his family, whom he has instructed to build an ark and fill it with two of every creature on earth. Written by Ron Kerrigan <,>

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Spectacle of the Ages! Told by Two Glorious Lovers who Loved for All Eternity (Print Ad- St.Lawrence Plaindealer, ((Canton, NY)) 1 October 1929) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • L'arche de Noé (France)
  • Das Drama der Sintflut (Germany)
  • Die Arche Noah (Germany)
  • El arca de Noé (Spain)
  • Die Arche Noah (Austria)
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  • 135 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,005,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $938,000

Did You Know?

Trivia One of the extras who survived the flood scene was John Wayne. See more »
Goofs During the flood sequence (1 hr. 29 min. approx.) Japheth (George O'Brien) is clearly repeatedly calling/mouthing "Maria" as he searches for Dolores Costello. Her name in the Biblical sequence is MIRIAM. (And even in the WW1 story, she is named Marie (Not Maria !).) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Magic Movie Moments (1953). See more »
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Quotes Minister: Don't you understand? It is the beginning of the rainbow - - the fulfilment of the sacrifice.
Al: You mean - there will be no more war?
Minister: I mean that war is now an outlaw, and will be hunted from the face of the earth. Those ten million men have not died in vain.
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