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Salome (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History | 16 April 1953 (Argentina)
After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screen play), Jesse Lasky Jr. (story) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Princess Salome
Stewart Granger ... Commander Claudius
Charles Laughton ... King Herod
Judith Anderson ... Queen Herodias
Cedric Hardwicke ... Tiberius Caesar (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Basil Sydney ... Pontius Pilate
Maurice Schwartz ... Ezra
Arnold Moss ... Micha
Alan Badel ... John the Baptist
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Storyline

In the reign of Tiberius Caesar (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), Gallilean prophet John the Baptist (Alan Badel) preaches against King Herod (Charles Laughton) and Queen Herodias (Dame Judith Anderson). The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome (Rita Hayworth), Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the King's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the King to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius (Stewart Granger) are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Glory And Excitement Of Rome... In All Its Greatness and Badness! See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1953 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of noted British stage actor Alan Badel (John the Baptist). He had previously appeared only in a British short film, The Stranger Left No Card (1952). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, outside the walls of Jerusalem, with the "skyline" of the old city beyond the walls, you can see the golden Dome of the Rock, which wasn't built until more than 600 years after this story takes place. See more »

Quotes

Queen Herodias: You threaten me?
King Herod: You will learn, I am King here. I command who lives and who dies.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the picture, rather than seeing the words The End on the screen, we see a title that says This was The Beginning. See more »

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Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

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Why does she dance?
20 December 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The reason why you 'd like to sit through this is the four leads:Rita Hayworth ,ideally cast as Salome ,a libidinous Charles Laughton ,a cruel Judith Anderson and a noble Stewart Granger.Plus a stint by Sir Cedric Hardwicke.Plus the director of the best version of "hunchback of Notre -Dame" at his kitchiest.Plus a fabulous dance of the seven veils.Plus gaudy colors and John the Baptist's head of course.

But what remains,eg the essential ,is a really "free' adaptation of the holy writs.The script writers invented a Roman soldier with whom Salome falls in love.BUT what will puzzle the Christians is that Salome dances not to get John's head,but to save him!!!.A happy end which will remind you of your Sunday school days.And that's not all:the plot even involves Pontius Pilate whom Claudius (Granger) urged to become a Christian and to repent so that he would go down in history as a soldier of a brand new religion.Well the man did not wash his hands ,but he did not do what he was told either...which did not prevent him from going down in history anyway..


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