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The lush romanticism of director Frank Borzage (Frank Borzage, Frank Borzage) is subsumed by the plodding reverence of producer Rowland V. Lee's screenplay (co-written with Howard Estabrook), based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Howard Keel stars as a stalwart Simon-Peter, the apostle of Christ called "the fisher of men" and the "Rock" upon whom the Christian Church was founded. The film, on the surface, deals with Simon-Peter's conversion from a self-sufficient fisherman to a believer in the inspirational teachings of Christianity. Simon-Peter also serves the needs of the real story: how Simon-Peter succeeds in joining together two lovers from the other side of the tracks. John Saxon is Voldi, an Arab prince who wants to follow in his father's footsteps as the chief of an Arab tribe and marry his beloved, Fara (Susan Kohner). But Fara, wants to see her father, Herod Antipas (Herbert Lom), dead for the misery he has inflicted upon her mother -- abandoning her for the lustful Herodias (Martha Hyer). When Voldi and Fara hear the teachings of Christ, they realize that their love must be put in abeyance to their Christian beliefs. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julia Heron Best Color Art Direction 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Garmes Best Color Cinematography 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Renie Best Color Costume Design 1959 Nominee

Cast

Howard Keel
as Simon Peter
Susan Kohner
as Fara
John Saxon
as Voldi
Martha Hyer
as Herodias
Herbert Lom
as Herod Antipas
Ray Stricklyn
as Deran
Marian Seldes
as Arnon
Alexander Scourby
as David Ben-Zadok
Beulah Bondi
as Hannah
Charlotte Fletcher
as Rennah
Mark Dana
as Zendi
Rhodes Reason
as Andrew
Henry Brandon
as Menicus
Brian G. Hutton
as John
Tom Troupe
as James
Marianne Stewart
as Ione
Jonathan Harris
as Lysias
Leonard Mudie
as Ilderan
James Griffith
as The Begger
Michael Mark
as Innkeeper
Stuart Randall
as King Aretas
Herbert Rudley
as Tiberius
Phillip Pine
as Lucius
Francis McDonald
as Scribe Spokesman
Jo Gilbert
Don Turner

Crew

Frank Borzage
Director
Rowland V. Lee
Producer
Rowland V. Lee
Screenwriter
Howard Estabrook
Screenwriter
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Weatherwax
Editor
Julia Heron
Set Designer
Renie
Costume Designer
Bud Westmore
Makeup
Frank Westmore
Makeup
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