Approved | | Adventure, Drama
In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.
The screenplay was by Ruth Rose, who had also written the screenplay for "King Kong" (1933). Despite the title, it was not based on the famous 1834 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. She was the wife of director Ernest B. Schoedsack.
If you don't want my money, what will you give to the poor?
Flavius, as a Man: Myself.
As Vesuvius erupts, a large gladiator statue topples in the arena. In the first view, a long shot, the statue cracks open across the chest, at the bottom of the rib cage. In the next view, from the perspective of a man about to be crushed, the torso is intact, and the crack is at the statue's neck.
The foreword at the beginning of the film is a disclaimer stating that this film is not based on Bulwer-Lytton's novel at all. (It does not use the novel's plot, nor does it have any of the novel's characters.) However, the disclaimer goes on to say that the filmmakers are indebted to him for the description of the destruction of Pompeii.
A colorized version was made of this film in 1990.
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