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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming of a battle scene with several hundred extras was held up one afternoon when a fire broke out on the RKO Pictures lot, which was located right next to Paramount. See more »

Goofs

Conrad and Prince John play a chess game in which Conrad makes four moves to John's one. See more »

Quotes

Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: [Resisting Richard pulling her into her father's room] Let go of my wrist! You're hurting it.
Richard, King of England: Well stop pulling then.
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Featured in Star Spangled to Death (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Richard Ruled in England
(1935) (uncredited)
Music traditional, "Son of a Gambolier"
Lyrics by Harold Lamb
Performed by Alan Hale and 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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