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Demetrius and the Gladiators Details


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


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
Paul Newlan
as Potter
Paul Kruger
as Courtier
Paul Stader
Peter Mamakos
Woody Strode
as Gladiator
Richard Burton
as In Clip from "The Robe"
Dick Sands
Jean Simmons
as In Clip from "The Robe"
Gil Perkins
George Eldredge
as Chamberlain
Ray Spiker
George Bruggeman
William Forrest
Allen Kramer
as Clerk
William Marshall
as Glydon
Shepard Menken
Harry Cording


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