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Salome (1953)

Salome (1953)

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"Her Salome Will Steal Your Breath Away" was the classic advertising slogan attached to this opulent Rita Hayworth epic -- a slogan which became laughable whenever a radio announcer would mispronounce Salome as "salami." Using the very sketchy Biblical story of the death of John the Baptist as its springboard, Salome depicts its title character, the stepdaughter of King Herod, as a victim of circumstance rather than a wanton temptress. Banished from Rome because of an unfortunate romance with the nephew of Caesar, Salome (Rita Hayworth) declares that all men are her enemies, but her resolve weakens when she falls in love with Claudius (Stewart Granger), the military commander of Galilee. Meanwhile, Salome's wicked mother, Herodias (Judith Anderson), plots the demise of John the Baptist (Alan Badel), who currently enjoys the protection of the superstitious Herod (Charles Laughton). At this point, the story departs radically from Scripture. Salome is no longer coerced by Herodias to demand the head of John the Baptist; instead, Herodias, on her own, promises Herod that Salome will perform the "Dance of the Seven Veils" for him -- but only if he beheads John first (Salome has been misinformed that the dance will save John from the headsman's sword). Somehow, scriptwriter Jesse Lasky Jr. even manages to concoct a happy ending for poor Salome, which is a lot more than Oscar Wilde or Richard Strauss were able to do. Considered an artistic flop in 1953, Salome seems somewhat better today, if only because of that powerhouse cast.

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Cast

Rita Hayworth
as Princess Salome
Alan Badel
as John the Baptist
Stewart Granger
as Commander Claudius
Cedric Hardwicke
as Tiberius Ceasar
Charles Laughton
as King Herod
Judith Anderson
as Queen Herodias
Basil Sydney
as Pontius Pilate
Rex Reason
as Marcellus Fabius
Sujata
as Oriental Dance Team
Asoka Handagama
as Oriental Dance Team
Carmen D'Antonio
as Salome's Servant
Michael Granger
as Capt. Quintus
Theda Bara
as Salome
Karl (Killer) Davis
as Slave Master
Genevieve Blinn
as Queen Marian
David Wold
as Advisor
Ray Beltram
as Advisor
Joe Sawaya
as Advisor
Mickey Simpson
as Herod's Captain of the Guards
Eduardo Cansino
as Roman Guard
Lou Nova
as Executioner
Fred Letuli
as Sword Dancer
John E. Wood
as Sword Dancer
William Spaeth
as Fire Eater
Bertram Grassby
as Prince David
Abel Pina
as Acrobat
Jerry Pina
as Acrobat
Henry Pina
as Acrobat
Ramiro Rivas
as Acrobat
Duke Johnson
as Juggling Specialty
Earl Brown
as Galilean Soldier
Bud Cokes
as Galilean Soldier
George Khoury
as Assassin
G. Raymond Nye
as King Herod
Eva Hyde
as Herodias' Servant
David Ahdar
as Convert
Mario Lamm
as Convert
Tina Menard
as Convert
Leslie Denison
as Court Attendant
Henry Dar Boggia
as Politician
Michael Couzzi
as Politician
Robert Ben Ali
as Politician
Don de Leo
as Politician
John Parrish
as Politician
Eddy Fields
as Politician
Sam Scar
as Politician
Michael Mark
as Old Farmer
David Leonard
as Dissenting Scholar
Maurice Samuels
as Dissenting Scholar
Ralph Moody
as Dissenting Scholar
Saul Martell
as Dissenting Scholar
Paul Hoffman
as Patrician
Stanley Waxman
as Patrician
Franz Roehn
as Townsman/Advisor
Jack Low
as Townsman
Bert Rose
as Townsman
Tom Hernandez
as Townsman
Trevor Ward
as Blind Man
Barry Brooks
as Roman Guard
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Critic Reviews for Salome

All Critics (1)

It's pure Hollywood bunk, that's great on pomp, splendor, costumes and lush Technicolor, but short on being convincing.

April 24, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Salome

½

Colorful falsehood with a saucy Rita as well as a match up of those two great actors/hams Charles Laughton & Judith Anderson. Granger is suitably strong & full of rectitude but Alan Badel gives an overblown, operatic performance as John the Baptist.

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