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

Directed by

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

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

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Alois Reiser ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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

Film Editing by

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Harold McCord ... (edited by)

Art Direction by

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Anton Grot ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Earl Luick ... (uncredited)

Art Department

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Charles Gemora ... sculptor: idols (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Elmer Fryer ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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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)

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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

Thanks

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

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Storyline

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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 <,mvg@whidbey.com>

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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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Also Known As
  • L'arche de Noé (France)
  • Das Drama der Sintflut (Germany)
  • Die Arche Noah (Germany)
  • El arca de Noé (Spain)
  • A Arca de Noé (Brazil)
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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?

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Trivia When cameraman Hal Mohr was shown how the climactic flood scene was to be shot, he objected on the grounds that it would place many of the extras in jeopardy. Mohr told the executives that while the trained stuntmen knew what to expect and could prepare for it, the ordinary extras would have no idea what was coming, and many would be hurt. When his objections were overruled, he quit the picture, and was replaced by Barney McGill. During filming of the scene, the huge torrents of water overwhelmed the actors; three were drowned, one was so severely injured his leg had to be amputated and almost a dozen had broken limbs and other serious injuries. 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 »
Soundtracks Flight of the Bumble Bee See more »
Quotes Al: This war is more than just a fight. It's more like a funeral. And everybody ought to be in the procession or the hearse.
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