The Sign of the Cross

Overview

Director Cecil B. DeMille returned to Paramount Pictures for this typically epic production, which became his first box office hit after the close of the silent era. Fredric March stars as Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus, a noble military leader of the year 64 A.D. Emperor Nero Charles Laughton has just burned down the city and blamed the conflagration on Christians, which has exacerbated anti-Christian sentiment. Marcus encounters a beautiful young Christian woman, Mercia Elissa Landi, pleading with soldiers over ...
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Overview

Director Cecil B. DeMille returned to Paramount Pictures for this typically epic production, which became his first box office hit after the close of the silent era. Fredric March stars as Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus, a noble military leader of the year 64 A.D. Emperor Nero Charles Laughton has just burned down the city and blamed the conflagration on Christians, which has exacerbated anti-Christian sentiment. Marcus encounters a beautiful young Christian woman, Mercia Elissa Landi, pleading with soldiers over the arrest of her beloved stepfather Titus Arthur Hohl. The Prefect intervenes on her behalf, hoping for romance. Mercia rebuffs him, however, so Marcus attempts to humiliate her by sentencing her to live with a lesbian Joyzelle Joiner, who has even less luck seducing the chaste Mercia. The Empress Poppaea Claudette Colbert desires Marcus for her own bed and becomes jealous of Mercia. When Nero orders that Christians are to be fed to the lions in the arena, Poppaea seizes the opportunity to get rid of her romantic rival, though Marcus pleads in vain with Nero to spare her life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 025192090998
  • Original Release: 1932
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,081

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Marcus Superbus
Claudette Colbert Empress Poppaea
Elissa Landi Mercia
Charles Laughton Nero
Ian Keith Tigellinus
Harry Beresford Flavius
Arthur Hohl Titus
Tommy Conlon Stephanus
Vivian Tobin Dacia
Ferdinand Gottschalk Glabrio
Joyzelle Joyner Ancaria
Richard Alexander Viturius
Joel Allen Bombadier (1944 prologue)
Lionel Belmore Bettor
Joe Bonomo Mute Giant
Henry Brandon
Clarence Burton Servillius
Horace B. Carpenter
John Carradine Voice Only
Lane Chandler Christian in chains
William Forrest Colonel Hugh Mason (1944 prologue)
Dorothy Granger
Harold Healy Tybul
Carol Holloway
John James Lieutenant Herb Hanson (1944 prologue)
Otto Lederer
Lillian Leighton
Wilfred Lucas
Aline MacMahon
Robert Manning Philodemus
Charles B. Middleton Tyros
James Millican Capt. Kevin Driscoll (1944 prologue)
William V. Mong Licinius
Gertrude Norman
Nat Pendleton Strabo
Stanley Ridges Chaplian Lloyd (1944 prologue)
Angelo Rossitto Pygmy
Ynez Seabury
Arthur Shields Chaplain Costello (1944 prologue)
Jerome Storm
Kent Taylor A lover
Tom Tully Hoboken (1944 prologue)
Florence Turner
Ethel Wales Complaining wife
Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director, Producer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Rudolph G. Kopp Score Composer
Mitchell Leisen Asst. Director, Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Waldemar Young Screenwriter
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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]
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Disc #1 -- The Sign of the Cross
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      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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