~The Kings of Kings~
1927
Having scored big-time box office with his first Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), Cecil B.
DeMille hoped to top this success with his 1927 The King of Kings. Inasmuch as he was now dealing
with the life of Christ, DeMille had to be careful to serve up equal amounts of showmanship and
reverence. The first creative challenge: how to "introduce" Christ in a tasteful manner? The answer:
as a blind child is cured through Jesus' intervention, DeMille cuts to the child's point-of-view, slowly
fading in on the kindly countenance of H.B. Warner as the Son of Man. Still, DeMille remained
DeMille, especially in his handling of the character of Mary Magdalene (Jacqueline Logan). No longer
a tattered streetwalker, Mary Magdalene is now a glamorous courtesan, replete with legions of
gorgeous slave girls (one of whom is "bubble dancer" Sally Rand) and dressed in revealing
Hollywood-style gowns. In fact, the film opens on this character, as she ruminates over the defection
of her favorite customer, Judas Iscariot (Joseph Schildkraut), who is spending far too much time
with Jesus of Nazareth. Upon visiting Jesus herself, she immediately repents, casting off all her prior
sins. Once again, the efficacy of the Cecil B. DeMille formula is proven: redemption has no dramatic
value unless the film shows viewers why the sinner needs to be redeemed. Once he's gotten his
box-office considerations out of the way, DeMille adheres faithfully to the particulars of Jesus' life,
betrayal, trial, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. (Again, however, the director improves a bit upon his
source material: the storm that follows the Crucifixion is of the same spectacular dimensions as the
parting of the Red Sea in Ten Commandments, while the Resurrection is filmed in vibrant
Technicolor). To back up the authenticity of his images, DeMille -- with an assist from scenarist
Jeannie Macpherson -- utilizes Scriptural quotes in his subtitles. And to avoid any untoward publicity
while filming, DeMille required all of his actors to sign legal documents preventing them from
indulging in any sort of "sinful" activity; this meant that poor old H.B. Warner had to steer clear of
alcoholic beverages for nearly a year, though he more than made up for lost time after his contract
ran out. Prepared to mercilessly lambaste The King of Kings, DeMille's critics were disarmed by his
reverent, tasteful approach to the subject. Years after the film's release, a specially prepared
60-minute version of the 18-reel King of Kings was making the rounds of religious groups, church
basements, and Easter-weekend telecasts. The film was remade in 1961 by producer Samuel
Bronston and director Nicholas Ray, with Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Cast~

H.B. Warner ...  Jesus, the Christ
Dorothy Cumming ...  Mary, the mother
Ernest Torrence ...  Peter
Joseph Schildkraut ...  Judas Iscariot
James Neill ...  James, brother of John
Joseph Striker ...  John, the beloved
Robert Edeson ...  Matthew, the publican
Sidney D'Albrook ...  Thomas, the doubter
David Imboden ...  Andrew, a fisherman
Charles Belcher ...  Philip
Clayton Packard ...  Bartholomew
Robert Ellsworth ...  Simon, the zealot
Charles Requa ...  James The Lesser
John T. Prince ...  Thaddeus
Jacqueline Logan ...  Mary Magdalene
Rudolph Schildkraut ...  Caiaphas, high priest of Israel
Sam De Grasse ...  Pharisee
Casson Ferguson ...  Scribe
Victor Varconi ...  Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea
Majel Coleman ...  Proculla, wife of Pilate
Montagu Love ...  Roman Centurion
William Boyd ...  Simon Of Cyrene
Michael D. Moore ...  Mark (as Micky Moore)
Theodore Kosloff ...  Malchus, captain of the high priest's guards
George Siegmann ...  Barabbas
Julia Faye ...  Martha
Josephine Norman ...  Mary Of Bethany
Kenneth Thomson ...  Lazarus
Alan Brooks ...  Satan
Viola Louie ...  Adulterous woman
Muriel McCormac ...  Blind girl
Clarence Burton ...  Dysmas, the repentant thief
Jim Mason ...  Gestas, the unrepentant thief
May Robson ...  Mother of Gestas
Dot Farley ...  Maidservant of Caiaphas
Hector Sarno ...  Galilean carpenter
Leon Holmes ...  Imbecile boy
Otto Lederer ...  Eber, a Pharisee
Bryant Washburn ...  Young Roman
Lionel Belmore ...  Roman noble
Monte Collins ...  Rich Judeaean
Luca Flamma ...  Gallant Of Galilee
Sojin ...  Prince Of Persia
André Cheron ...  Wealthy merchant
Willy Castello ...  Babylonian noble
Noble Johnson ...  Charioteer
Jim Farley ...  Executioner
Richard Alexander ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Nona Arlynn ...  Waif with broken doll (uncredited)
Jere Austin ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Emily Barrye ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Miriam Battista ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Fred Becker ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Elaine Bennett ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marjorie Bonner ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ed Brady ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lucile Browne ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
William P. Burt ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Calliga ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
David Cavendish ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kathleen Chambers ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edythe Chapman ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Colin Chase ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Colbert Clark ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Charles Clary ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edna Mae Cooper ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Josephine Crowell ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frances Dale ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Milla Davenport ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
William De Boar ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Anna De Linsky ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Victor De Linsky ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Malcolm Denny ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
James Dime ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
David Dunbar ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lillian Elliott ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anielka Elter ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ...  Crowd Extra (uncredited)
Ray Erlenborn ...  Boy (uncredited)
Jack Fife ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Budd Fine ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Redmond Finlay ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Evelyn Francisco ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Margaret Francisco ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dale Fuller ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John George ...  Onlooker (uncredited)
Natalie Golitzen ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Inez Gomez ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edna Gordon ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Julia Swayne Gordon ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Winifred Greenwood ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bert Hadley ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stanton Heck ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Fred Huntley ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rex Ingram ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eulalie Jensen ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nora Kildare ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lydia Knott ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alice Knowland ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Otto Kottke ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edward Lackey ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Celia Lapan ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Tom London ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George F. Marion ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert McKee ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Earl Metcalfe ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ruth Miller ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ...  Egyptian cavalryman (uncredited)
Max Montor ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alla Moskova ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Richard Neill ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gertrude Norman ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Peter Norris ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Robert Ober ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ...  Captain of the Roman Guard (uncredited)
Alexander Palasthy ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Patricia Palmer ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Louis Payne ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Herbert Prior ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Albert Prisco ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gertrude Quality ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rae Randall ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ayn Rand ...  Extra (uncredited)
Sally Rand ...  Slave to Mary Magdalene (uncredited)
Hedwiga Reicher ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dick Richards ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Reeka Roberts ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Warren Rogers ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edward Schaeffer ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Peggy Schaffer ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Charles Sellon ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Semone Sergis ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Tom Shirley ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Walter Shumway ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bernard Siegel ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ...  Roman soldier (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
William H. Strauss ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mark Strong ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Josef Swickard ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ann Teeman ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Barbara Tennant ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mabel Van Buren ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Wilbert Wadleigh ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kit Wain ...  Extra (uncredited)
Fred Walker ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Will Walling ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Charles West ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
~Plot Synopsis~
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Written by: Jeanie Macpherson - story
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: DeMille Pictures Corporation

Released by: Pathé Exchange

Produced by: Cecil B. DeMille
Music by: Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography by: J. Peverell Marley
Film Editing by: Anne Bauchens & Harold McLernon
Production Design by: Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison & Edward C. Jewell
Art Direction by:
Mitchell Leisen
Set Decoration by: Ted Dickson
Costume Design by: Adrian, Earl Luick & Gwen Wakeling
Makeup Artists: Festus Phillips & Fred Carlton Ryle
Makeup Supervisor: Monte Westmore
Assistant Director: Frank Urson
Second Assistant Directors: Roy Burns & William J. Cowen
Second Unit Director: Arthur Rosson
Assistant Art Director/Consulting Artist: Julian Harrison
Assistant Art Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Set Designers: Julian Harrison & Harold Miles
Architect: Pridgeon Smith
Special Effects: Howard A. Anderson
Camera Operators: Jacob A. Badaracco & Fred Westerberg
Still Photographer: W.M. Mortensen
Assistant Camera: Cliff Shirpser
Wardrobe Assistant: Adrian
General Musical Director: Josiah Zuro
Composers/Stock Music: William Axt, Irenee Berge, Gerard Carbonara, Stephane Chapelier, Henry
Hadley, Xavier Leroux, Erno Rapee & Domenico Savino
Composer/Additional Music/Orchestral Arrangements: Oscar Potoker
Music Compiler: Hugo Riesenfeld
Composer/Additional Music: Meredith Willson
Technical Advisors: Reverend George Reid Andrews, Bruce Barton, Daniel A. Lord & Reverend
William E. Barton
Leopard Trainer: Olga Celeste
Script Assistants: Denison Clark, Clifford Howard & Jack Jungmeyer
Title-card Photographer/Foreign Languages: James V. King
Researcher: Elizabeth McGaffey
Technical Engineers: Norman Osunn & Paul Sprunck
Typist: Gladys Rosson

Length: 14 Reels
Runtime: 155 Minutes
Released: May 18, 1927
~Female Actress is Jacqueline
Logan~
.