Land of the Pharaohs

Land of the Pharaohs

Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin

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Overview

Land of the Pharaohs

"Nobody knew how a Pharaoh talked!" That's how producer/director Howard Hawks explained some of the sillier dialogue exchanges in the William Faulkner-Harry Kurnitz-Harold Jack Bloom script for Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs. Extravagantly produced with a cast of seeming millions (actually there were some 10,000 extras), the film speculates on the circumstances surrounding the construction of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Jack Hawkins plays the Pharaoh, who orders enslaved architect James Robertson Justice to build a magnificent, thief-proof tomb for him. At first, the people of Egypt willingly pitch in to construct the huge pyramid. But as the years roll by and the work shows no signs of abating, the Pharaoh begins relying upon forced labor from lands he has conquered. He also plunders the coffers of his neighboring countries. Cyprus can't pony up the necessary gold, so the country sends luscious Joan Collins (complete with a jewel in her navel) as a "present" for the Pharaoh. Fascinated by the spitfire Collins, the Pharaoh makes her his second wife. What he doesn't know is that Collins is just as much a predator as she would be in the TV series Dynasty. Hoping to gain all of the Pharaoh's kingdom and the riches therein, she stage-manages her husband's death. After the funeral procession, the Pharaoh is sealed in his tomb by a series of sand-operated weights, levers and pulleys (this speculation as to how the Pyramids were closed is the most fascinating part of the film). Collins watches in barely controlled glee; she isn't yet privy to the Egyptian custom of entombing the Pharaoh's widow alive, along with her husband's body--but she soon will be.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
UPC: 0883316732878
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 236

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Hawkins Pharaoh Cheops
Joan Collins Princess Nellifer
Dewey Martin Senta
Alexis Minotis Hamar
James Robertson Justice Vashtar
Luisa Boni Kyra
Sydney Chaplin Trench
James Hayter Mikka, Vashtar's Servant
Kerima Queen Nailla
Piero Giagnoni Prince Zanin
Carlo D'Angelo Overseer

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Harold Jack Bloom Screenwriter
William Faulkner Screenwriter
Rudi Fehr Editor
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Paul Helmick Asst. Director
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Mayo Costumes/Costume Designer
Vladimir Sagovsky Editor
Don Steward Special Effects
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Alexandre Trauner Art Director

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