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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  1. Harry Kleiner

    Story, Writer

  2. Jesse Lasky Jr.


  3. William Dieterle


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  1. Rita Hayworth

    Rita Hayworth

    Princess Salome

  2. Charles Laughton

    Charles Laughton

    King Herod

  3. Stewart Granger

    Stewart Granger

    Commander Claudius

  4. Judith Anderson

    Judith Anderson

    Queen Herodias

  5. Cedric Hardwicke

    Cedric Hardwicke

    Tiberius Caesar

  6. Alan Badel

    Alan Badel

    John the Baptist

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • March 24, 1953



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