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The Conqueror (1956)

Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

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Dick Powell

Writer:

Oscar Millard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Temujin, later Genghis Khan
Susan Hayward ... Bortai
Pedro Armendáriz ... Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)
Agnes Moorehead ... Hunlun
Thomas Gomez ... Wang Khan
John Hoyt ... Shaman
William Conrad ... Kasar
Ted de Corsia ... Kumlek
Leslie Bradley ... Targutai
Lee Van Cleef ... Chepei
Peter Mamakos ... Bogurchi
Leo Gordon ... Tartar Captain
Richard Loo ... Captain of Wang's guard
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Storyline

In ancient times, the Mongolian warlord Temujin must do battle against the rival tribe that killed his father. The battles pale in comparison with Temujin's home life, as he attempts to woo the heart of the red-haired Tartar prisoner Bortai whom he has captured in a raid. He must also deal with various intrigues within his palace. Eventually, Bortai falls to his manly charms, Temujin defeats his enemies within and without, and is crowned Genghis Khan. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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At her feet, The Conqueror laid all the riches of Cathay... and for a hundred years, their children ruled half the world! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conqueror of the Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Warner Canyon, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of John Wayne as Genghis Khan is generally considered one of the worst casting decisions of all time. See more »

Goofs

When Temujin throws a spear at a man in a stream, the wire guiding it is visible. The spear's trajectory is also wobbly. See more »

Quotes

Temujin: The tartar woman stays with me, Jamuga.
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One of the all time unintentionally funny movies.
16 April 1999 | by otterSee all my reviews

One of the all-time bad movies, an unintentional joke that actually stays funny for over two hours. John Wayne as Genghis Khan is one of the worst examples of miscasting in the history in Hollywood, but that's not what makes the movie so funny. What makes the movie funny is Wayne attempting to say the ridiculous purple prose of the script, the whole thing is written in this sort of pseudo-Shakesperian English, and John Wayne was always one of those rare actors who had serious trouble with anything like a grammatical sentence. Whenever things start to lag Wayne has to say something like "I ree-gret that Ah am without sufficient spittle to sa-lute you as you dee-serve" or the classic "Yore beautiful in yore wrath".

Also memorable for bad supporting performances by Agnes Moorehead and William Conrad, the sight of Wayne in Asiatic eye-makeup and Fu-Manchu moustace (the only biography of Khan I've read says he was white anyway), Susan Hayward doing a clumsy sword dance, a rape scene that would embarrass the tackiest Bodice-ripper, kitschy sets, and a Las Vegas revue act featuring a female dancer in a white leotard with a patch of fringe right *there*.


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