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  H.B. Warner (center) and Ernest Torrence (right).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The King of Kings
(1927) American
Color/B&W : 14 reels
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

Cast: H.B. Warner [Jesus Christ], Dorothy Cumming [Mary], Ernest Torrence [Peter], Joseph Schildkraut (Josef Schildkraut) [Judas], James Neill [James], Robert Edeson [Matthew], Sidney D’Albrook [Thomas], David Imboden [Andrew], Charles Belcher [Philip], Clayton Packard [Bartholomew], Robert Ellsworth [Simon], Charles Requa [James, the less], John T. Prince [Thaddeus], Jacqueline Logan [Mary Magdalene], Rudolph Schildkraut [Caiaphas, the high priest of Israel], Sam de Grasse [the Pharisee], Casson Ferguson [the scribe], Victor Varconi [Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea], Majel Coleman [Proculla, the wife of Pilate], Montagu Love [the Roman centurion], William Boyd [Simon of Cyrene], M. Moore (Mickey Moore) [Mark], Theodore Kosloff [Malchus, captain of the high priest’s guard], George Siegmann [Barabbas], Julia Faye [Martha], Josephine Norman [Mary of Bethany], Kenneth Thomson [Lazarus], Alan Brooks [Satan], Viola Louie [the woman taken in adultery], Muriel McCormac [the blind girl], Clarence Burton [Dysmas, the repentant thief], James Mason [Gestas, the unrepentant thief], May Robson [Gestas’ mother], Dot Farley [Caiaphas’ maid servant], Hector V. Sarno [the Galilean carpenter], Leon Holmes [the imbecile boy], Jack Padgen [captain of the Roman guard], Robert St. Angelo [Roman soldier], Redman Finley [Roman soldier], James Dime [Roman soldier], Richard Alexander [Roman soldier], Budd Fine [Roman soldier], William De Boar [Roman soldier], Robert McKee [Roman soldier], Tom London [Roman soldier], Edward Schaeffer [Roman soldier], Peter Norris [Roman soldier], Dick Richards [Roman soldier], James Farley [an executioner], Otto Lederer [Eber, a Pharisee], Bryant Washburn [a young Roman], Lionel Belmore [a Roman nobleman], Monte Collins [a rich Judean], Luca Flamma [a gallant of Galilee], Sojin (Sojin Kamiyama) [a Persian prince], André Cherron [a wealthy merchant], William Costello [a Babylonian nobleman], Sally Rand [a slave to Mary Magdalene], Noble Johnson [a charioteer], Jere Austin, W. Azenberg, Emily Barrye, Fred Becker, Baldy Belmont, Elaine Bennett, Joe Bonomo, Ed Brady, Lucille Brown, George Calliga, Fred Cavens, Kathleen Chambers, Colin Chase, Charles Clary, Edna Mae Cooper, Josephine Cooper, Frances Dale, Denis d’Auburn, Milla Davenport, Anna De Linsky, Victor De Linsky, Malcolm Denny, David Dunbar, Lillian Elliott, Anielka Elter, Jack Fife, Evelyn Francisco, Margaret Francisco, Sidney Franklin, Dale Fuller, Kurt Furbe, Natalie Galitzen, Leon Gill, Inez Gomez, Edna Gordon, Julia Swayne Gordon, Winifred Greenwood, Bert Hadley, Edwin Hearn, Stanton Heck, Fred Huntley, Brandon Hurst, Eulalie Jensen, Kadja, Jane Keckley, Isabelle Keith, Nora Kildare, Lydia Knott, Alice Knowland, Otto Kottka, Edward Lackey, Celia Lapan, Theodore Lorch, Bertram Marburgh, James Marcus, George F. Marion, Earl Metcalf, Max Monton, Alla Moskova, Louis Natheaux, Richard Neill, Gertrude Norman, Robert Ober, A. Palasthy, Patricia Palmer, Louis Payne, Edward Piel, Albert Priscoe, Herbert Prior, Gertrude Quality, Rae Randall, Hedwig Reicher, Reeka Roberts, Warren Rodgers, Peggy Schaffer, Evelyn Selbie, Charles Sellon, Semone Sergis, Tom Shirley, Walter Shumway, Bernard Siegel, Phil Sleeman, Charles Stevens, Carl Stockdale, William Strauss, Mark Strong, Anne Teeman, Barbara Tennant, Mabel Van Buren, Josef Wickard [?] (Josef Swickard)?, Wilbert Wadleigh, Fred Walder, Will Walling, Paul Weigel, Charles West, Stanhope Wheatcroft, Ray Erlenborn [extra], Charles Ray [?] [extra]?, Joseph Striker [?] [extra]?

DeMille Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Scenario by Jeanie Macpherson, from a screen story by Jeanie Macpherson. Researcher, Elizabeth McGaffey. Art direction by Mitchell Leisen and Anton Grot. Costume design by Earl Luick and Gwen Wakeling. Makeup by Fred C. Ryle. Technical engineers, Paul Sprunck and Norman Osunn. Assistant director, Frank Urson. Second assistant directors, William J. Cowen and Roy Burns. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley, assisted by Fred Westerberg and Jacob A. Badaracco. Special effects by Cecil D. Love. Edited by Anne Bauchens and Harold McLernon. Associate editor, Clifford Howard. Music by Hugo Reisenfeld (Hugo Riesenfeld). General music director, Josiah Zuro. / © 14 September 1927 (at 18 reels) by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated [LP24454]. Premiered 19 April 1927 in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Technicolor two-strip color process sequences. / The film’s production costs were approximately $2.5 million. The film was rereleased in the USA by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated, with synchronized music and sound effects, utilizing the RCA Photophone sound-on-film sound system, in [?] 1928 and/or 1931? / Silent film.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Print exists in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Modern Sound Pictures [USA].

Keywords: Color cinematography - Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 12 February 2013.

References: Film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 285; Basten-Technicolor pp. 128c, 169; Birchard-DeMille pp. ix-x, xiii; Bohn-Light pp. 81, 90; Brownlow-Parade p. 185; Cary-Hollywood p. 222; Coe-History p. 6; Drew-Speaking p. 82; Everson-American p. 310p; Fell-History p. 106; Geduld-Birth p. 146; Lahue-Collecting p. 25; Lee-Not p. 93; Leish-Cinema p. 47; Limbacher-Feature p. 131; Maeder-Hollywood p. 87; Perry-British p. 56; Sinyard-Silent pp. 95, 148, 149; Sklar-Movie p. 312; Smith-Epic pp. xvii, 129, 131; Slide-Aspects p. 95; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 167-169 : ClasIm-204 p. 33; ClasIm-220 p. 48; ClasIm-223 pp. 30, 32, 48; ClasIm-224 p. 55; ClasIm-225 p. 43; ClasIm-240 p. 58; ClasIm-311 p. 72 : Website-AFI; Website-GEM : with additional information provided by David Pierce.

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