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The Crusades (1935)

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Running Time
2 hours, 3 minutes

Country USA

Studio Franco London Films, Paramount

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• The Crusades



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Genre: Adventure, War, Drama, Religion, Epic, Suspense, Kidnapping, Love, Military, Hostage, Swashbuckler

Tagline: Wonders to dazzle the human imagination - in a flaming love story set in titanic world conflict!

Plot: This medieval epic is loosely based on the Third Crusade, in which the armies of France, England, Germany, Russia, and Hungary joined to reclaim Jerusalem from Saladin and the Muslim horde. THE CRUSADES is a historical spectacle that swirls around the national jealousies of the respective rulers as well as the common cause of Christendom that united them. Henry Wilcoxon stars as England's king Richard the Lionheart, who is forced to marry a French princess (a charming and young Loretta Young) he has never met in order to provide food and supplies for his army. He weds his bride, Berengaria, by proxy, which enrages her, and he has no intention of making her his queen until he sees her. When he does, he is enchanted, and the two become embroiled in a struggle between reconciliation and understanding. Berengia is kidnapped by Saladin's (Ian Keith) villainous army and forced to spend time in his harem as King Richard rides to Jerusalem to free his young bride. What follows is yet another grandiose and sweeping battle scene as the united army struggles to free Jerusalem. Cecil B. De Mille, Hollywood's Master of Spectacle, conquers the screen once again in this lavish version of history with his trademark penchant for period realism and sumptuous sets and costumes. The film was based

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 Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille
The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth, Samson and Delilah
 Written by
Harold Lamb
The Buccaneer
Dudley Nichols
Bringing Up Baby, Stagecoach, And Then There Were None
 Cast
Loretta Young
The Bishop's Wife, The Stranger, Rachel and the Stranger
Henry Wilcoxon
Caddyshack, The Ten Commandments, Mrs. Miniver
Ian Keith
Queen Christina, The Three Musketeers, All This, and Heaven Too
C. Aubrey Smith
Rebecca, And Then There Were None, Tarzan the Ape Man
Katherine DeMille
Unconquered, Viva Villa!, The Call of the Wild
Joseph Schildkraut
The Shop Around the Corner, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Life of Emile Zola
Alan Hale
It Happened One Night, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk
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 Music By
Rudolph G. Kopp
Cleopatra, The Sign of the Cross, Vengeance Valley



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