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Salome [1953]

Rita Hayworth , Charles Laughton , William Dieterle    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Charles Laughton, Stewart Granger
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, Mono, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: SONY
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KAX8TU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Salome...she never danced like that here 28 Dec 2012
By Tomlan
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"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A BIBLICAL GEM.....! 23 Feb 2009
I don't know how historically accurate is this film, but it is still quite
close to the biblical events that took place during the Roman occupation of the Holy Land. Rita Hayworth was never lovlier. Immensly enjoyable and should not be missed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars salome 18 Oct 2012
By good
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this was a wonderful film was looking for this film for a long time i love it very much 10 out of 10 good acting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salome-Good Service 7 Jan 2010
Everything went well and I got just what I wanted, very pleased with purchase and service and would use again if needed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Story from the Bible 4 Jan 2014
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Salome, 1953 film

Tiberius Caesar ruled the world after Julius Caesar was killed. John the Baptist preached against King Herod and his wife. An informer hears his speech and reports to the Queen: “the Baptist is back”. Will there be trouble? Is a man the Messiah if people think he is? Is maintaining peace more difficult than making war? Pontius Pilate is sent to keep the peace there. Taxes will be doubled! Salome dances in Rome. Will the marriage be allowed? “Only a Roman can marry a Roman.” Salome is banished from Rome, she travels the sea on a galley rowed by slaves. On land camels carry Salome to Jerusalem. The Romans do not allow free speech. Should a ruler understand the ruled? [A gila monster in Judea?] John the Baptist goes to the city (against good advice). Salome enters the Royal Palace. [Children were sent as hostages and to learn the language and culture of an ally.] King Herod will not act against John the Baptist (as long as he doesn’t speak against Rome).

Pontius Pilate leaves for Egypt. Will Salome go to the market place? John preaches against Herod because she is an immigrant of convert. Herod’s wife was married to his brother. [Remember Henry VIII?] The Romans want to double taxes. [The fate of any conquered people.] Can John the Baptist be arrested? Will he stir up the people? [No talk shows then.] An assassination fails. Herod wants to protect John the Baptist; he is arrested and taken in. John talks about the Messiah, prepares the way for him. Herod offers John a deal: don’t speak against him and leave the country. John asks Herod to give up the throne! John is thrown into prison. “Being a realist is the beginning of wisdom” says Herod. [Do you agree?] Claudius asks for John the Baptists’s release to prevent a rebellion. He explains his reasons. Is this treason? Claudius goes to Bethany to see the carpenter and his miracles. Salome’s mother asks her to dance for King Herod to eliminate John the Baptist. [Pimping her daughter?] There are acts to entertain King Herod.

Claudius brings Salome to talk to John the Baptist. Salome decides to dance for King Herod to free John the Baptist. “No” says Claudius. Then a woman appears on the dance floor. Salome does her dance, shedding her robes. [Where did she learn that dance? From Hanna Montana?] Herod is very excited. His wife names a price. Salome sheds more cloth. There is an interruption when a servant carries in a platter. Claudius arrives to escort Salome away. [Mission accomplished?] Herod seeks advice from Ezra. A crowd gathers to hear the Sermon on the Mount. [The story ends, the loose ends are not tied up.]

This 1953 movie marked the era of Biblical Epics, politically safe topics. Western movies were going away, or their political message muted. So too the mystery movies (private detectives) from an earlier day. This film has a lot of padding to fill up the time. Its worth watching once. Was it true to the book?
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4.0 out of 5 stars biblical tale with glamour 16 Sep 2013
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Always a pleasure to watch Rita Hayworth. Stewart Granger fits well in the tale. This version of salome is really spectucular and flamboyant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salome 14 Sep 2013
By kate - Published on
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Good movie. First of all, I have long been a fan of Stewart Granger; and have been waiting for this movie on DVD for quite awhile.
It is a good film, maybe not 100% accurate; but very entertaining. Well worth the effort to get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salome 7 Oct 2012
By Victor - Published on
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This is a very good movie. It is the story of John the Baptist from Princess Salome 's point of view. Rita Hayworth's dance is terrific and most exciting. The best Salome dance I have seen and I have seen most of them from the silent movie to the latest version that appears during easter time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Aug 2014
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Very satisfied.
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