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Serpent of the Nile (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, History | 8 May 1953 (USA)
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.


William Castle


Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay)




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)


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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A hockey and extravagant retelling of the infamous Queen who becomes infatuated with Marc Anthony
11 October 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Low budget trashy version of the famous Queen of Egypt and Roman lovers, as her lust for Marc Anthony after Caesar's death . Set 44 BC later Julius Caesar's murder by Brutus and Casius , governing the second triumvirate formed by Lepido who runs Africa, Octavius Augustus ruling over Hispania and Marc Anthony over Egypt and Orient. Then the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra : Rhonda Fleming , wants to rule Egypt by defeating her brother Ptolomeo and sister Arsinoe but she needs the power of Rome to make things happen , as well as continue the sucession on her child Cesarion, the out-of-wedlock son of Cleopatra and Caesar . When Caesar's possible successor Marc Anthony : Raymond Burr , comes to Egypt along with his army commandant and one of the highest ranking Roman general called Licinius : William Lundigan, she seduces the conqueror but also his general in order to gain the kingdom again , but things do not turn out as well. As there starts a tragic love story with fateful consequences .

This known history about the famous Queen , the popular Egypt temptress's who pins her hopes on rash Marc Anthony results to be an extravaganza in short budget financed by producer Sam Katzsman , an expert in making quickies. It is a multi-colored sleeping tablet with historical characters giving plain and simple recreation . It contains abundant matte painting , carton/stone settings , well-staged battles, some opulent grotesque interiors and a few actors hopelessly wooden. Passable trio starring : Raymond Bur, William Lundigan and Rhonda Fleming who also performed another historic role : Semiramis. They are accompanied by an acceptable support cast such as : Michael Andara as captain Florus, Michael Fox as Octavius Augustus and Julie Newmar as the gilged girl carrying out some erotic dances. This underdone epic was regular but professionally directed by William Castle.

Others films concerning this historic figure Cleopatra are as follows : Silent version starred by Theda Bara. Cleopatra 1934 by Cecil B. DeMille with Claudette Colbert, Henry Wilconson, Warren William, C Aubrey Smith. Two nights with Cleopatra 1954 by Mario Mattioli with Sofia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Paul Muller. Cleopatra's legion 1959 by Vittorio Cottafavi with Linda Cristal, Ettore Manni, Georges Marchal, Conrado San Martin. A Queen for Caesar 1962 by Piero Pierotti with Pascale Petit, George Ardisson, Akin Tamiroff, Gordon Scott, Corrado Pani .Cleopatra 1963 by Joseph L Mankiewicz with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Hume Cronyn, Andrew Keir. Cleopatra miniseries 1999 by Franc Roddan with Leonor Varela, Timothy Dalton, Billy Zane, Rupert Graves.

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8 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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