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Demetrius and the Gladiators Details

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Demetrius and the Gladiators was the sequel to [[Feature~V41635~The Robe~therobe]], and though they were released several months apart, the films were shot at the same time. Based on characters originally conceived by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Victor Mature as the title character, an ex-slave who embraced Christianity after being present at the Crucifixion. Thrown in jail for defending an elderly merchant from a sadistic Roman legionnaire, Demetrius is forced to attend gladiator school and fight in the arena for the amusement of the mad, debauched emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson, likewise repeating his performance in [[Feature~V41635~The Robe~therobe]]). The well-proportioned Demetrius attracts the attention of Messalina (Susan Hayward), the nymphomaniac wife of Caligula's would-be successor Claudius (Barry Jones). Briefly losing faith in Christ, Demetrius is saved from himself by the apostle Peter (Michael Rennie). Because of contractual complications, Demetrius and the Gladiators was released to television seven years before [[Feature~V41635~The Robe~therobe]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Victor Mature
as Demetrius
Susan Hayward
as Messalina
Michael Rennie
as Peter
Debra Paget
as Lucia
Anne Bancroft
as Paula
Jay Robinson
as Caligula
Barry Jones
as Claudius
Richard Egan
as Dardanius
Ernest Borgnine
as Strabo
Everett Glass
as Kaeso
Jeff York
as Albus
Carmen de Lavallade
as Slave girl
John Cliff
as Varus
Barbara James
as Specialty Dancer
Selmar Jackson
as Senator
Fred Graham
as Decurion
Dayton Lummis
as Magistrate
Jean Simmons
as In Clip from "The Robe"
Paul Newlan
as Potter
George Eldredge
as Chamberlain
Ray Spiker
Allen Kramer
as Clerk
Richard Burton
as In Clip from "The Robe"
William Forrest
Shepard Menken
Peter Mamakos
Woody Strode
as Gladiator
Paul Kruger
as Courtier
George Bruggeman
William Marshall
as Glydon
Gil Perkins
Paul Stader
Dick Sands
Harry Cording

Crew

Delmer Daves
Director
Philip Dunne
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Fritch
Editor
Dorothy Spencer
Editor
George W. Davis
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
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