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Cecil B. DeMille Collection
     

The Cecil B. DeMille Collection

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Director: Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

Cast: Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Best remembered for his lavish biblical spectacles (which, in actuality, constituted a fairly small percentage of his total output), legendary director Cecil B. DeMille is well represented in this five-disc box set, which offers a quintet of his strongest films from the 1930s. The Sign of the Cross (1932) -- featuring Fredric March as a centurion, Charles Laughton as the emperor Nero, and Claudette Colbert as the alluring Poppea -- recounts the persecution of early Christians by the Roman Empire. Cut for theatrical re-release and televised screenings, the film is even more impressive in its recently restored version, which sports several pre-Hays Code sequences involving violence, sexual suggestion, and partial nudity. Colbert also stars in two 1934 features: Four Frightened People, a small-scale melodrama about a shipwrecked quartet trying to survive in the jungle; and Cleopatra, an opulent production that showcases some of DeMille's most celebrated set-pieces as well as a terrific supporting cast. The Crusades (1935), a rousing epic that thoroughly whitewashes the medieval Christian invasion of the East, stars longtime DeMille favorite Henry Wilcoxen as Richard the Lion-Hearted. Union Pacific (1939) dramatizes the building of the first transcontinental railroad and pits likable leading man Joel McCrea against villainous Brian Donlevy, with Barbara Stanwyck portraying a feisty Irish lass. While Cross and Cleopatra are the obvious standouts, there isn't a weak film in the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
UPC:
0025192948725
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
9:31:00
Sales rank:
63,581

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Primary Artist
Barbara Stanwyck Mollie Monohan
Claudette Colbert Cleopatra,Judy Cavendish,Empress Poppaea
Fredric March Marcus Superbus
Loretta Young Berengaria
Henry Wilcoxon Richard I the Lionheart,Marc Antony
Herbert Marshall Arnold Ainger
Joel McCrea Jeff Butler
Warren William Julius Caesar
Akim Tamiroff Fiesta
Elissa Landi Mercia
Ian Keith Saladin,Tigellinus
Mary Boland Mrs. Mardick
C. Aubrey Smith The Hermit
Charles Laughton Nero
Gertrude Michael Calpurnia
Robert Preston Dick Allen
William Gargan Stewart Corder
Brian Donlevy Sid Campeau
Joseph Schildkraut King Herod
Katherine de Mille Alice of France
Leo Carrillo Montague
Lynne Overman Leach Overmile

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sign of the Cross
1. Rome in Flames (Main Titles) [7:46]
2. Nero's Reward [4:36]
3. Justice Goes Blind [7:23]
4. Spreading the Word [10:25]
5. Keep the Faithful [5:46]
6. In Danger [7:21]
7. At the Grove [10:40]
8. Betrayed [11:35]
9. Don't Be a Fool [6:29]
10. Orders to Be Seized (Intermission) [6:17]
11. Model of Purity [5:59]
12. The Naked Moon [8:04]
13. Plea for Compassion [4:02]
14. The Body Is Weak [4:22]
15. Let the Games Begin [10:13]
16. It's Our Time [8:35]
17. Saved [5:11]
18. End Titles [:44]
Disc #2 -- Four Frightened People
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Escaping the Plague [7:00]
3. Must Go Through Jungle [3:30]
4. Unfamiliar Dangers [5:50]
5. Sleeping Arrangements [5:11]
6. Totally Lost [3:29]
7. Death in Four Minutes [4:08]
8. One Good Deed Deserves Another [5:57]
9. Savages All Around [6:15]
10. Taking Charge [2:51]
11. Natural Beauty [4:01]
12. Giving In [2:29]
13. Thinking of Love [4:38]
14. Held Captive [9:08]
15. Lessons in Civility [3:24]
16. Found a Way Out [4:13]
17. Basic Instincts [4:09]
18. End Titles [:39]
Disc #3 -- Cleopatra
1. Main Titles [2:46]
2. Exiled From Egypt [4:03]
3. A Gift for Caesar [8:26]
4. Intimate Plans [5:16]
5. Sole Ruler [5:53]
6. Blasphemous Rumors [3:13]
7. Day of Evil [3:45]
8. New Found Treasures [4:37]
9. Caesar Is Dead! [3:39]
10. Roman & Egyptian Affairs [2:48]
11. Dazzling Antony [11:32]
12. A Case of the Hiccups [6:47]
13. Roman Revolution [8:23]
14. Pretty Toast [12:03]
15. At War [4:13]
16. Courageous Request [6:06]
17. Undying Love [5:00]
18. Abdicating the Throne (End Titles) [2:36]
Disc #4 -- The Crusades
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Power of the Cross [5:31]
3. Summoning the King [8:07]
4. Betrothed Alliance [4:01]
5. Finding a Way Out [9:41]
6. Convenient Coupling [10:26]
7. Sword Ceremony [5:39]
8. Royal Acquaintance [5:47]
9. Nobel Enemy [9:56]
10. Flaming Nights & Bloody Days [5:58]
11. Love Stands in the Way [11:02]
12. Delivered to the Enemy [7:33]
13. Fear Not [7:10]
14. Search for the Queen [6:27]
15. A Treacherous Act [9:58]
16. Let There Be Peace [8:02]
17. No Pride, No Glory [6:56]
18. End Titles [1:21]
Disc #5 -- Union Pacific
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. A Golden Opportunity [6:22]
3. Excitement & Profit [3:11]
4. The Troubleshooter [10:00]
5. Comrades in Arms [7:24]
6. Hell on Wheels [11:17]
7. Premature Proposal [6:19]
8. Staying on Track [9:12]
9. Looking for Trouble [3:58]
10. Payroll Heist [7:41]
11. Friend of Foe? [10:09]
12. Sold Out [13:48]
13. 'Til Death Do Us Part [11:03]
14. Here Comes the Cavalry [10:10]
15. End of Track [9:22]
16. The Golden Spike [5:19]
17. Derailed [7:38]
18. End Titles [:55]

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