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  Rod La Rocque (left) and Richard Dix.
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The Ten Commandments
(1923) American
Color/B&W : 14 reels
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

Cast: Theodore Roberts [Moses, the lawgiver], Charles De Roche [Ramses, the magnificent], Estelle Taylor [Miriam, the sister of Moses], Julia Faye [the wife of Pharoah], Terrence Moore [the son of Pharoah], James Neill [Aaron, the brother of Moses], Lawson Butt [Dathan, the discontented], Clarence Burton [the taskmaster], Noble Johnson [the bronze man], Richard Dix [John McTavish], Rod La Rocque [Dan McTavish], Leatrice Joy [Mary Leigh], Nita Naldi [Sally Lung, a Eurastan], Edythe Chapman [Mrs. Martha McTavish], Robert Edeson [Redding, an inspector], Charles Ogle [the doctor], Agnes Ayres [the outcast]; Viscount Glerawly, Cecilia DeMille, Virginia Bradford [extra]

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation [A Paramount Super Spectacle]. / Scenario by Jeanie Macpherson, from a screen story by Jeanie Macpherson. Art direction by Paul Iribe. Costume design by Claire West and Howard Greer. Technical direction by Roy Pomeroy. Assistant director, Cullen Tate. Photography (cinematography) by Bert Glennon (Bert I. Glennon), assisted by Peverell Marley (J. Peverell Marley), Archibald Stout (Archibald J. Stout) and J.F. Westerberg (J. Fred Westerberg) + [Edward S. Curtis and Donald Biddle Keyes], with Technicolor cinematography by Ray Rennahan. Cutter (edited by) Anne Bauchens. Music score by Hugo Riesenfeld. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / Released 23 November 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Technicolor [process two] two-strip color process sequences. Hand-tinted color sequences. / [?] FilmYearBook-1926 p. 61 lists a release date of 31 August 1925; a possible rerelease date? The Technicolor footage included the exodus sequence and portions of the Red Sea sequence.

Drama: Allegorical-Historical.

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

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Chariots - Color cinematography - Construction - USA: California: San Francisco

Listing updated: 9 March 2011.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Baer-Film pp. 68, 77-78; Bardèche-History pp. 200, 204-205, 285; Basten-Technicolor pp. 31, 169; Birchard-DeMille pp. ix, x, xi; Bohn-Light pp. xxiii, 89, 90, 116, 176, 179; Brownlow-Behind p. 26; Brownlow-Parade pp. 36, 182, 183, 578; Cary-Hollywood pp. 89, 93-96, 126e; Drew-Speaking pp. 59, 276; Edmonds-BigU p. 135; Everson-American p. 214; Fell-History p. 106; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 61; Geduld-Birth p. 38; Higashi-Virgins pp. 72-73; Keylin-NYTimes p. 199; Kobal-Fifty p. 27; Lahue-Collecting p. 25; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 73, 76, 138, 141; Leish-Cinema pp. 47, 49; Leyda-Before p. 72; Maeder-Hollywood pp. 87, 195; McCaffrey-Guide p. 5; Parish-Glamour p. 169; Shipman-Cinema pp. 79, 80; Shirley-Australian p. vii; Sinyard-Silent pp. 148, 149, 150, 184; Smith-Colman pp. 21, 75; Smith-Epic pp. xvi-xvii, 159, 224-225; Sweeney-Coming p. 51; Taylor-Hitchcock p. 69; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 25, 98, 168, 213; Webb-Hollywood p. 163 : AmerCine-199510 pp. 98, 101; ClasIm-220 pp. 48, 49; ClasIm-224 p. 55; MotionPicture-192812 pp. 87, 95 : Website-AFI; Website-GEM.

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