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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Rita Hayworth
as Princess Salome
Stewart Granger
as Commander Claudius
Charles Laughton
as King Herod
Judith Anderson
as Queen Herodias
Cedric Hardwicke
as Caesar Tiberius
Basil Sydney
as Pontius Pilate
Maurice Schwartz
as Ezra
Arnold Moss
as Micha
Alan Badel
as John the Baptist
Rex Reason
as Marcellus Fabius
Robert Warwick
as Courier
Carmen D'Antonio
as Salome's Servant
Michael Granger
as Capt. Quintus
Theda Bara
as Salome
Barry Brooks
as Roman Guard
Tristram Coffin
John Crawford
as Guard
Leslie Denison
as Court Attendant
Henry Escalante
Bertram Grassby
as Prince David
Tom Hernandez
as Townsman
Herbert Heyes
as Sejanus
George Keymas
George Khoury
Guy Kingsford
as Officer
Jack Low
Michael Mark
as Old Farmer
Tina Menard
as Convert
Ralph Moody
Lou Nova
as Executioner
Franz Roehn
Albert Roscoe
as John the Baptist
Maurice Samuels
Mickey Simpson
as Herod's Captain of the Guards
Charles Soldani
Carlo Tricoli
Rick Vallin
as Sailor
Charles Wagenheim
as Simon
Stanley Waxman
as Patrician
Bill Wilkerson
Carleton Young
Joe Sawaya
David Ahdar
Dimas Sotello
Henry Dar Boggia
Tom Hernandez
as Townsman
Charles Wagenheim
as Simon
Barry Brooks
as Roman Guard
Stanley Waxman
as Patrician
Bertram Grassby
as Prince David
Albert Roscoe
as John the Baptist
Rick Vallin
as Sailor
Tina Menard
as Convert
Leslie Denison
as Court Attendant
Herbert Heyes
as Sejanus
John Crawford
as Guard
Lou Nova
as Executioner
Guy Kingsford
as Officer
Theda Bara
as Salome
Mickey Simpson
as Herod's Captain of the Guards
Michael Mark
as Old Farmer

Crew

William Dieterle
Director
Buddy Adler
Producer
Oscar Wilde
Play Author
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Screen Story
Harry Kleiner
Screen Story
Harry Kleiner
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Composer (Music Score)
Viola Lawrence
Editor
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Emile Santiago
Costume Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Valerie Bettis
Choreography
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