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Helen of Troy (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 26 January 1956 (USA)
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The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.


Robert Wise


John Twist (screenplay), Hugh Gray (screenplay) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossana Podestà ... Helen (as Rossana Podesta)
Jacques Sernas ... Paris (as Jack Sernas)
Cedric Hardwicke ... Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Stanley Baker ... Achilles
Niall MacGinnis ... Menelaus
Nora Swinburne ... Hecuba
Robert Douglas ... Agamemnon
Torin Thatcher ... Ulysses
Harry Andrews ... Hector
Janette Scott ... Cassandra
Ronald Lewis ... Aeneas
Brigitte Bardot ... Andraste
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Andros
Marc Lawrence ... Diomedes
Maxwell Reed ... Ajax


Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

26 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die schöne Helena See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


(theatrical) | (with overture and exit music) | (uncut) | (cut) | (with overture)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)


Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first film to get what was termed a "global premiere." On January 26, 1956, this film was premiered in 56 countries. See more »


'Helen' has an obvious small pox vaccination scar on her upper left arm. See more »


Agamemnon: We cannot plan without Achilles of Thessaly. But, he hates my brother and me so much, I doubt...
Ulysses: He hates you almost as much as he loves war. In fact, in order to lock himself from all temptation of joining with us, he hid himself securely - in a house of women.
Ulysses: That's where I found him! Hiding from all persuasion - dressed as a woman.
Menelaus: Did you persuade him?
Ulysses: Oh yes, he's here, at the stables, seeing to the care of his horses.
Agamemnon: Achilles! A blushing girl!
Menelaus: I shall commend him for the beauty ...
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Crazy Credits

In the United States, the credits on the film, and the promotional material, list Jacques Sernas as "Jack Sernas." See more »


Featured in A Treasure of Gold (2012) See more »

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Italian/American/British coproduction about loves between París and Helen that led to Troy war
27 April 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spectacular and Hollywood style renditíon based on Troy war with splendid cast and breathtaking battle scenes.When París : Jacques Sernas escapes with Helen : Rosana Podesta there takes place the Troy war. Helen is the beautiful wife of Menelao , Sparta King, : Neal MacGuinnis, when she falls for París , son of Troy king Priamo : Cedric Hardwicke, both of them escape. This event lead to the Siege of Troy.Director Robert Wise picked two new Italian stars: Sernas and Podesta to play the íntimate lovers in this impressive as well as epic tale based on the known poem written by Homero: Iliada. Dealing with love , battles , Goddess : Aphrodita and Atenea , death and the motive led up to it . While tension among Greeks divide the camp giving hope the Trojan . As Greek warriors under command of Menelaus , Agamenon , Ulysses , and Achilles : Stanley Baker get to hide out in the Trojan horse when they take the Wooden Beast into the Troy city and they are successful.

This monumental and epic retelling contains a moving love story , Drama, tragic events , and overwhelming battles with a cast of thousands. After a hardworking filming the results were only fair and decent. The picture ignores true deeds for lavish and high budgeted effects, including a great number of extras and a lot of war machines.In the movie shows up numerous historical and mythological roles as Priamo: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Hecuba well played by Nora Swinburne , Agamemmon performed by Robert Douglas , as Menelaus interpreted by Neal MacGuinnis , Ulysses : Torin Thatcher, Hector : Harry Andrews , Achilles: Stanley Baker , Cassandra : Janette Scott , Ajax : Maxwell Reed , Patroclus : Terence Longdon , among others.

This events about Troy war have been adapted on various films : Silent movie titled The Private life of Helen of Troy by Michael Curtiz 1927 with Maria Corda , Lewis Stone ; Italian versión 1962 by Giorgio Ferroni with Steve Reeves , Juliette Mayniel, Lidia Alfonsi, Mimmo Palmara; Italian recounting titled Fury of Achilles by Marino Girolami with Gordon Mitchell , Jacques Bergerac , Gloria Milland , Ennio Girolami and Troy by Wolfgang Petersen, with Brad Pitt, Diana Kruger, Rose Byrne , Orlando Bloom , Brian Cox. And a TV series 2003 by John Kent Harrison with Matthew Mardsen , Sienna Guilery, Rufus Sewell , Joe Montana,Daniel La Pine, James Callis , and Katie Blake as Cassandra.

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