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The Crusades (1935)

King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Harold Lamb (screen play), Waldemar Young (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Berengaria - Princess of Navarre
Henry Wilcoxon ... Richard - King of England
Ian Keith ... Saladin - Sultan of Islam
C. Aubrey Smith ... The Hermit
Katherine DeMille ... Alice - Princess of France (as Katherine De Mille)
Joseph Schildkraut ... Conrad - Marquis of Montferrat
Alan Hale ... Blondel
C. Henry Gordon ... Philip the Second - King of France
George Barbier ... Sancho - King of Navarre
Montagu Love ... The Blacksmith
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... John - Prince of England
Lumsden Hare ... Robert - Earl of Leicester
Maurice Murphy ... Alan - Richard's Squire
William Farnum ... Hugo - Duke of Burgundy
Hobart Bosworth ... Frederick - Duke of the Germans
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Storyline

The Third Crusade as it didn't happen. King Richard Coeur de Lion goes on the crusade to avoid marrying Princess Alice of France; en route, he marries Berengaria to get food for his men. Berengaria.is captured by Saladin, spurring Richard to attack and capture Acre. But Saladin, attracted to her, takes her on to Jerusalem, and Richard is in danger of assassination. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You need ten eyes to see..ten ears to hear...ten hearts to feel...the tumultuous surge and glory of this mighty sepctacle, this shining romance...as impassioned now as when it first awed the world with its perfection! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cruzadas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stuntman Jack Montgomery, who played a Christian cavalryman in the film, recalled in an interview the tension that existed between director Cecil B. DeMille and the dozens of stuntmen hired to do the battle scenes. The stuntmen resented what they saw as DeMille's cavalier attitude about safety, especially as several stuntmen had been injured, and several horses had been killed, because of what the stuntmen perceived as DeMille's indifference. At one point DeMille was standing on the parapets of the castle, yelling through his megaphone at the "combatants" gathered below. One of them, who had been hired for his expertise at archery, finally tired of DeMille's screaming at them, notched an arrow into his bow and fired it at DeMille's megaphone, the arrow embedding itself into the megaphone just inches from DeMille's head. DeMille quickly left the set and didn't come back for the rest of the day. For the rest of the picture, he never yelled at the stuntmen again. See more »

Goofs

The female hairstyles of this story set in the 12th Century look very much like the female hairstyles of the mid 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Alice, Princess of France: [after being told she must vacate her cabin on the ship for another royal lady] I am Alice of France, betrothed to King Richard. Who are you?
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: I'm his wife.
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Soundtracks

Song of the Crusades
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Rudolph G. Kopp
Lyrics by Harold Lamb and Leo Robin
Special Choral Lyrics by Jeanie Macpherson
Performed by chorus
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"Compressed History," Demille Style
30 May 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

In his autobiography, C. B. Demille indicated that he found the greatest compliment ever given to the film was during an IRS audit. The agent doing the audit was astonished that a film that good didn't make any money.

The historian and author Harold Lamb was instrumental in the scripting. Demille wanted the flavor of the Crusades in the one film, so The Hermit was used to outline the cause of the Crusades, and was used to "compress" the timeline to the Third Crusade. He also wanted to show that Saladin was as "knightly" as any of the Crusaders.

The film provides spectacle throughout, from ceremonies to battles, but that was Demille's style. The political intrigue in the background was more pronounced in this film than behind-the-scenes activities in . other Demille films, but that touch may have been Mr. Lamb's.

I first saw this on television, many years ago, by accident. It wasn't scheduled, but I happened to tune in to it when it started. It caught my attention, and I was hooked. It's one of his better films. It's also an interesting contrast to Kingdom of Heaven.


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