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Serpent of the Nile (1953)

In 44 BC, after the assassination of the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and one of the highest ranking Roman generals and Caesar's possible successor Mark Anthony begin a tragic love affair.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rhonda Fleming ... Cleopatra
William Lundigan ... Lucilius
Raymond Burr ... Mark Antony
Jean Byron ... Charmian
Michael Ansara ... Captain Florus
Michael Fox ... Octavius
Conrad Wolfe Conrad Wolfe ... Elderly Assassin
John Crawford ... Captain Domitius
Jane Easton ... Cytheris
Robert Griffin ... Brutus
Frederic Berest Frederic Berest ... Marculius
Julie Newmar ... The Gilded Girl (as Julie Newmeyer)
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In 44 BC, after the assassination of the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and one of the highest ranking Roman generals and Caesar's possible successor Mark Anthony begin a tragic love affair.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Serpente do Nilo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Used sets from Salome (1953). See more »

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Shadows of the camera crew can be seen in the close shots of Serapian and Arsinoe fleeing in the chariot. See more »

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Castle and Cleopatra
21 November 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Serpent of the Nile (1953)

** (out of 4)

Sam Katzman used his low budget skills to bring forth this decent telling of the Cleopatra/Mark Anthony tale, which certainly can't hang with bigger productions but you somewhat have to admire what they were able to do here. The film focuses on Cleopatra (Rhonda Fleming) who is loved by Anthony (Raymond Burr) but her eyes are on Lucilius (William Lundigan), a man who soon begins to think she's not the best thing for Egypt. I really wasn't expecting too much out of this film but I actually found myself enjoying it to a certain level. This certainly isn't the greatest version of the film but then again that's not saying too much as all of them have been all over the place in terms of quality and entertainment. My hat certainly goes off to both Katzman and Castle as they took their low budget and delivered a campy little film that won't please history buffs but it might appeal to those who want a little cheese with their films. The best thing this film has going for it is its beautiful color that really jumps off the screen. I loved the colorful look of all the cheap costumes and sets. The non-stop changing of clothes by Cleopatra really makes great use of the color and just check out that lime colored dress she wears towards the end. Fleming makes for an interesting Cleopatra as in some ways she appears more like a bratty teenager expecting the impossible out of her lovers. I thought Fleming brought some sexuality to the role, which was nice but I wouldn't go as far as to say she's great in the role. Burr certainly doesn't sound the part but he's not too bad. Lundigan ends up stealing the film with his charm. The low budget nature somewhat helps the film focus on the love triangle but this low budget also hurts especially during some of the painting scenes, which look incredibly bad.


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