The Sign of the Cross

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama History
  • Release year: 1933
  • Running time: 125 min
Ancient Rome comes to life on a grand scale in the epic spectacular The Sign of the Cross from legendary director Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments). In the year 64 AD, the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) torches the city so... read more

Ancient Rome comes to life on a grand scale in the epic spectacular The Sign of the Cross from legendary director Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments). In the year 64 AD, the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) torches the city so he can blame the ensuing destruction on the unsuspecting Christians. Meanwhile, Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus (Fredric March) falls for an innocent and beautiful Christian maiden, Mercia (Elissa Landi). When the seductive and wicked Empress Poppaea (Claudette Colbert) learns that she has a romantic rival for Marcus’s attentions, she conspires with Nero to send all Christians to a chilling death. Filled with some of the most outrageous and breathtaking scenes ever filmed, including the infamous “milk bath”, this pre-code classic is a dynamic testament to Cecil B. DeMille’s visionary style.

Original Release

01/27/1933

US Release

02/10/1933

Cast

Fredric March Marcus Superbus, Prefect of Rome / Marcus Superbus - Prefect of Rome
Elissa Landi Mercia
Claudette Colbert Empress Poppaea
Charles Laughton Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Ian Keith Tigellinus
Arthur Hohl Titus
Harry Beresford Favius Fontelas
Tommy Conlon Stephan
Ferdinand Gottschalk Glabrio
Vivian Tobin Dacia
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers

Sidney Buchman, Waldemar Young, Wilson Barrett, Dudley Nichols, Henryk Sienkiewicz

Cast

Fredric March Marcus Superbus, Prefect of Rome / Marcus Superbus - Prefect of Rome
Elissa Landi Mercia
Claudette Colbert Empress Poppaea
Charles Laughton Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Ian Keith Tigellinus
Arthur Hohl Titus
Harry Beresford Favius Fontelas
Tommy Conlon Stephan
Ferdinand Gottschalk Glabrio
Vivian Tobin Dacia
William V. Mong Old Man Carrying Child / Licinius
Joyzelle Joyner Ancaria
Richard Alexander Viturius
Nat Pendleton Strabo
Clarence Burton Servillius
Harold Healy Tybul
Robert Seiter Philodemus
Charles Middleton Tyros
Henry Brandon Colosseum Spectator
John Carradine Christian Martyr / Gladiator Leader / Voice in Coliseum Mob / Voice of Roman

Producers

Editors

Anne Bauchens

1934OscarBest Cinematography Nominated
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