"Quo Vadis" had been the big Biblical/Roman hit of the early 1950s. Columbia didn't even try to compete with this very minor entry.
Salome isn't even mentioned in the New Testament, simply as the implied, stepdaughter of Herod Antipas. I've always had a soft spot for the lass, imagining her somewhere between her teens and perhaps 25. At the time of this film, Rita Hayworth was beyond that idea!
Apart from a much-mature Salome, we have the dialogue: "What was it Julius Caesar said...?, spoken by Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Tiberius. Pontius Pilate played as an angry middle-aged-man by Basil Sydney, but best of the lot, Stewart Granger, in leading man mode as the Tribune, who, converted to Christianity by Salome!!! attempts to save the life of John the Baptist, played rather weakly by Alan Badel.
The saving grace is Charles Laughton as Herod Antipas, who at least tried to dignify a rather suspect script.
Rita Hayworth dances Salome's famous dance with graceful abandon, and I mean that respectfully.
This Columbia release had been out for quite a while when I caught it on Amazon. The film will never be up there with DeMille or "Ben-Hur", but it rattles along at a fair pace, and the titles are very bold in that they are set against a red background. Mainly for fans - I hate that term- of Hayworth and Laughton.