The Sign of the Cross (1932)

The Sign of the Cross (1932) Movie

The Sign of the Cross

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Release Date
(USA) - 30 November 1932
(USA) - 25 December 1932
(Austria) - 1933
(USA) - 10 February 1933
(Germany) - 17 February 1933

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Running Time
West Germany:108 122 (without intermission)

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Cast of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Alexander, Richard (I) as [Viturius] <13>
  2. Allen, Joel (I) as (uncredited) [Bombadier - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  3. Auer, Mischa as (uncredited) [Christian in Dungeon]
  4. Belmore, Lionel as (uncredited) [Bettor of 300 Silver]
  5. Beresford, Harry as [Favius Fontelas] <7>
  6. Boardman, True (II) as (uncredited) [Slave of Nero]
  7. Bonomo, Joe (I) as (uncredited) [Mute Torturer]
  8. Brandon, Henry (I) as (uncredited) [Spectator at Colosseum]
  9. Bruggeman, George as (uncredited) [Slave of Nero]
  10. Burton, Clarence as [Servillius] <15>
  11. Carpenter, Horace B. as (uncredited)
  12. Carradine, John as (uncredited) [Christian Martyr/Leader of Gladiators/Voice in the Coliseum Mob]
  13. Chandler, Lane as (uncredited) [Christian in Chains]
  14. Conlon, Tommy as [Stephan] <8>
  15. Forrest, William (I) as (uncredited) [Colonel Hugh Mason - 1944 Prologue]
  16. Gottschalk, Ferdinand as [Glabrio] <9>
  17. Healy, Harold as [Tybul] <16>
  18. Hohl, Arthur as [Titus] <6>
  19. James, John (I) as (uncredited) [Lieutenant Herb Hanson - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  20. Keith, Ian (I) as [Tigellinus] <5>
  21. Laughton, Charles as [Nero] <4>
  22. Lederer, Otto as (uncredited)
  23. LeSaint, Edward as (uncredited) [Enthusiastic Spectator]
  24. Lucas, Wilfred as (uncredited)
  25. March, Fredric as [Marcus Superbus] <1>
  26. Middleton, Charles (I) as [Tyros] <18>
  27. Millican, James (I) as (uncredited) [Captain Kevin Driscoll - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  28. Mong, William V. as [Licinius] <11>
  29. Nowell, Wedgwood as (uncredited) [Man Accepting 300 Silver Bet]
  30. O'Brien, Dave (I) as (uncredited) [Christian on Stairway]

  31. All Cast

Genres in The Sign of the Cross

  1. Drama
  2. History

Plot of The Sign of the Cross

After burning Rome, Emperor Nero decides to blame the Christians, and issues the edict that they are all to be caught and sent to the arena. Two old Christians are caught, and about to be hauled off, Full Plot >>

Business of The Sign of the Cross

CP: Paramount Publix Corp.; 30 November 1932; LP3443 (in copyright registry) CP: Paramount Productions Inc., 1932 (on print) PD: 25 July 1932 - ? SD: 25 July 1932 - 29 September 1932

Certificate of The Sign of the Cross

16 (West Germany)(f)
16 (Norway)(1947)
16 (Argentina)
Approved (USA)(PCA #1581-R, 23 September 1935 for re-release)
Passed (USA)(National Board of Review)

Composers of music of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Chernis, Jay (uncredited)
  2. Kopp, Rudolph G.
  3. Marquardt, Paul (uncredited)
  4. Roder, Milan (uncredited)

Cinematographers of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Struss, Karl (photographed by)

Costume Designers of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Leisen, Mitchell

Distributors of The Sign of the Cross

MCA/Universal Home Video [us] - (1995) (USA) (VHS)
MCA/Universal Pictures [us] - (1958) (USA) (TV)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1932) (USA) (theatrical) (as Paramount Publix Corporation)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1944) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) (edited)
Paramount-Film [de] - (1933) (Germany) (theatrical)
Paramount-Film [de] - (1950) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Cinema Classics)

Editors of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Bauchens, Anne (uncredited)

Misc of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Seay, Chester (archery instructor) (uncredited)

Quotes of The Sign of the Cross

[the Empress, soaking naked in a tub of ass's milk and calling to her handmaiden]
Poppaea: Dacia, you're a butterfly with the sting of a wasp. Take off your clothes. Get in here and tell me all about it.

Emperor Nero: My head is splitting... the wine last night, the music... the delicious debauchery! Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (1932) (ENG)
    (Australia) (TV title)

  2. Il segno della croce (1932) (ENG)

  3. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)

  4. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)

  5. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations of The Sign of the Cross

  1. Fresno, California, USA
  2. Paramount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA

Trivia of The Sign of the Cross

- Third film in 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv)'s biblical trilogy, following _The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv) and _The King of Kings (1927)_ (qv).

- Originally released as a 124-minute feature. After the Hays Code was instituted, some of the more "sinful" scenes were cut for the film's re-release in 1944. At this time a newly filmed prologue and epilogue were added, so that the film's running time remained more or less the same as the original release.

- The play was first performed in the United States as part of a theatrical tour which started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1895, but became a sensation when it opened in London, England, UK on 27 May 1895.

- When the movie opened nationally on 10 February 1933, there was a "bank holiday" because of the Depression. With all the banks closed, theater managers accepted IOUs from patrons wishing to see the movie, and 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) reported most of those were eventually redeemed.

- The prologue for the 1944 re-release was completed 25 March 1944 at a cost of $100,000 - $125,000.

- 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) was pressured to drop Ancaria's seductive dance in the orgy scene by 'Will H. Hays' (qv) of the Hays Office, but DeMille Full Trivia >>