The Crusades

The Crusades

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith


The Holy Wars are given the usual overblown Cecil B. DeMille treatment in The Crusades. It all begins in the 12th-century AD, when Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Saracens, and the Christians are slaughtered or sold into slavery. A holy man known as The Hermit (C. Aubrey Smith) rallies the rulers of England and Europe to launch a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem in the name of Christianity. Among those embarking upon this massive undertaking is England's King Richard the Lion-Hearted (played as a swaggering roughneck by Henry Wilcoxon), who finances his knights by marrying wealthy French princess Berengaria (Loretta Young) sight unseen. Saladin (Ian Keith), the elegant and well-spoken ruler of the Saracens, attempts to stave off the crusaders by kidnapping Berengaria and holding her hostage. Sensing that he can never win against so formidable a collection of foes, Saladin eventually opens the gates of Jerusalem to all but Richard the Lion-Hearted, with whom he has a personal score to settle. In the film's most memorable scene, the fundamental difference between the boorish Richard and the cultured Saladin is demonstrated when the Saracen ruler delicately cleaves Berengaria's silk scarf in twain with his gleaming sword. It took a great deal of nerve to depict the film's hero as a thuggish brute and the nominal villain as the most sympathetic character in the story, but DeMille gets away with it in The Crusades, and still has time left over to deliver his usual quota of thrills, pageantry, convoluted history and campy dialogue. And yes, that is Ann Sheridan as a Christian captive in the opening scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/1995
UPC: 0096898126632
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Berengaria
Henry Wilcoxon Richard I the Lionheart
Ian Keith Saladin
C. Aubrey Smith The Hermit
Katherine de Mille Alice of France
Joseph Schildkraut Conrad of Montferrat
Alan Hale Blondel
George Barbier Sancho, King of Navarre
Montagu Love The Blacksmith
Lumsden Hare Earl Robert of Leicester
William Farnum Hugo, Duke of Burgundy
Hobart Bosworth Frederick, Duke of the Germans
Pedro de Cordoba Karakush
Robert A'Dair English Chamberlain
Stanley Andrews Amir
Mischa Auer Monk
Maurice Black Amir
Sven Hugo Borg Sverre, the Norse-King
Georgia Caine Nun
Albert Conti Leopold, Duke of Austria
Harry Cording Amir
William B. Davidson Amir
Edgar Dearing Cart Man
Anna Demetrio Duenna
Emma Dunn Mother of Alan
Alphonse Ethier Priest
Jean Fenwick Christian Girl
Sam Flint Capt. of Hospitalers
Kenneth Gibson Capt. of English Men-at-Arms
Harold Goodwin Wounded Man
Henry C. Gordon Philip of France
Gordon Griffith Templar
Winter Hall Archbishop
Ramsay Hill John, Prince of England
Boyd Irwin Templar
George MacQuarrie Capt. of Templars
Fred Malatesta William, King of Sicily
Edwin Maxwell Ship's Master
Pat Moore Leicester's Squire
Maurice Murphy Alan, Richard's Squire
J. Carrol Naish Arab Slave Seller
Gilda Oliva Actor
Addison Richards Sentry
Jason Robards Amir
Oscar Rudolph Philip's Squire
Jack Rutherford Knight
Paul Satoff Michael, Prince of Russia
Ann Sheridan Christian Girl
Josef Swickard Buyer
Colin Tapley Stranger/Messenger
Guy Usher Grey Beard
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Nicholas, Count of Hungary
Vallejo Gantner French Marshal

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Rudolph G. Kopp Score Composer
Harold Lamb Screenwriter
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Waldemar Young Screenwriter

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