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The Ten Commandments (1956)
Adventure,Drama
English
"The Greatest Event in Motion Picture History "
Charlton Heston Moses
Yul Brynner Rameses
Anne Baxter Nefretiri
Edward G. Robinson Dathan
Yvonne De Carlo Sephora
Debra Paget Lilia
John Derek Joshua
Cedric Hardwicke Sethi
Nina Foch Bithiah
Martha Scott Yochabel
Judith Anderson Memnet
Vincent Price Baka
John Carradine Aaron
Olive Deering Miriam
Douglass Dumbrille Jannes
Frank DeKova Abiram
Henry Wilcoxon Pentaur
Eduard Franz Jethro
Donald Curtis Mered
Lawrence Dobkin Hur Ben Caleb
H.B. Warner Amminadab
Julia Faye Elisheba
Lisa Mitchell Jethro's daughter
Noelle Williams Jethro's daughter
Joanna Merlin Jethro's daughter
Pat Richard Jethro's daughter
Joyce Vanderveen Jethro's daughter
Diane Hall Jethro's daughter
Abbas El Boughdadly Rameses' charioteer
Fraser Clarke Heston Infant Moses
John Miljan The Blind One
Francis McDonald Simon (as Francis J. McDonald)
Ian Keith Rameses I
Paul De Rolf Eleazar
Woody Strode King of Ethiopia / Litter carrier-slave (as Woodrow Strode)
Tommy Duran Gershom
Eugene Mazzola Rameses' son
Ramsay Hill Korah
Joan Woodbury Korah's wife
Esther Brown Princess Tharbis
Rushdy Abaza (as Rushti Abaza)
Dorothy Adams Slave woman / Hebrew at Golden Calf / Hebrew at Rameses' Gate
Eric Alden High Ranking Officer / Taskmaster / Slave / Officer
E.J. André Sheik of Hazerath (as E.J. Andre)
Babette Bain Little Miriam
Baynes Barron Taskmaster
Kay Bell Taskmaster / Red Bearded Slave
Mary Benoit Guardian of the Prince / Court Woman / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Mother
Henry Brandon Commander of the Hosts
Robert Carson Aleazar as an Adult
Bobby Clark Little Boy in Exodus (as Robert Clark)
Rus Conklin Whip Scarred Brick Carrier / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent
Mike Connors Amalekite herder (as Touch Connors)
Henry Corden Sheik of Sinai
Edna Mae Cooper Woman of the Court
Kem Dibbs Corporal
Maude Fealy Slave Woman / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor
Mimi Gibson Little Egyptian Girl
Diane Gump Slave
Nancy Hale Court Lady in Pool
June Jocelyn Court Lady / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Wife of Overseer
Richard Kean Old Hebrew at Moses House / Hebrew Toward Corridor
Gail Kobe Pretty Slave Girl
Fred Kohler Jr. Foreman
Kenneth MacDonald Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Slave
Peter Mamakos Chief Driver
Irene Martin Tuya
George Melford Hebrew at Golden Calf / Nobleman
John Merton Architect's Assistant
Amena Mohamed Architect's Assistant
Paula Morgan Hebrew Woman / Slave Woman
Dorothy Neumann Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Slave / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent
John Parrish Sheik of Rephidim
Rodd Redwing Taskmaster / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Addison Richards Fan Bearer
Keith Richards Hebrew at Golden Calf / Courtier / Slave / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Overseer
Marcoreta Starr Slave / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Onslow Stevens Lugal
Clint Walker Sardinian Captain
Amanda Webb Hebrew at Golden Calf / Young Woman / Hebrew in Exodus
Frank Wilcox Wazir
Jeane Wood Slave / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Richard McGough Boy (as Ricky McGough)
Abdullah Abbas Taskmaster (uncredited)
Gorgen Raymond Aghayan Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Ahmed Salah Sayed Ahmed Slave (uncredited)
Luis Alberni Old Hebrew (uncredited)
Lillian Albertson Slave (uncredited)
Ted Allan Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Herb Alpert Drummer on Mt. Sinai (uncredited)
Claire Andre Slave (uncredited)
Dorothy Andre Slave (uncredited)
Michael Ansara Taskmaster (uncredited)
Bart Antinora Slave (uncredited)
Alan Aric Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Joel Ashley Taskmaster (uncredited)
Maria Elena Aza Dancing Girl (uncredited)
William Bagdad Slave (uncredited)
Vicki Bakken Egyptian courtesan (uncredited)
Peter Baldwin Courtier (uncredited)
Patti Ballon Hebrew girl at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Judith Barrett Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Norman Bartold Signalman (uncredited)
Betty Bassett Court Woman (uncredited)
Jack Baston Fan Bearer (uncredited)
Arthur Batanides Hebrew at Rameses' Gate / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
George Baxter 2nd Wazir (uncredited)
Prudence Beers Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Don Bender Young boy (uncredited)
Marc Bender Child slave (uncredited)
Richard Bender Grainary Child / Child Slave (uncredited)
Rita Bennett Slave (uncredited)
Steven Benson Kid in massive march (uncredited)
Butch Bernard Grainary Child (uncredited)
Dehl Berti Pharaoh's Manservant / Architect's Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Bice Sergeant (uncredited)
Jan Bradley Court Lady / Slave / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Harriett Brest Hebrew in Exodus (uncredited)
Cindy Brown Slave (uncredited)
Linda Sue Brown Girl with doll (uncredited)
Naaman Brown Ethiopian (uncredited)
Wanda Brown Slave (uncredited)
Zeev Bufman Slave / Hebrew in Exodus / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Rexford Burnett Slave (uncredited)
Polly Burson Slave (uncredited)
Iris Burton Dancer (uncredited)
Herbert Butterfield Royal Physician (uncredited)
Lillian Buyeff Mother (uncredited)
Tim Cagney Moses' son, age 6 (uncredited)
Florine Carlan Hebrew Woman (uncredited)
Cliff Carnell Edomite Ambassador (uncredited)
Larry Chance Taskmaster at Brick Pits (uncredited)
Anna Cheselka Extra (uncredited)
Babs Christie Jethro's Daughter (uncredited)
Ken Christy Slave (uncredited)
Shari Clark Slave / Hebrew toward corridor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Cloud-Miller Old Hebrew Woman at Moses' House (uncredited)
Fred Coby Taskmaster / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Peter Coe Egyptian soldier (uncredited)
Lesley-Marie Colburn Slave child (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook Slave (uncredited)
John Compton Slave (uncredited)
Roger Creed Taskmaster / Slave / Baka Guard (uncredited)
John F. Cretan Courtier / slave / Hebrew toward corridor (uncredited)
Dorothy Crider Hebrew in Exodus (uncredited)
Dean Cromer Court Man (uncredited)
Kio Cuddy Priestess (uncredited)
Fairy Cunningham Court Lady / Slave (uncredited)
Jack Cunningham Spearman (uncredited)
Tony Dante Libyan Captain (uncredited)
Jann Darlyn Swimmer (uncredited)
Steve Darrell Man with bedding (uncredited)
Frankie Darro Slave (uncredited)
Madelyn Darrow Court Lady in Pool (uncredited)
James Davies Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Terence de Marney Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Cecil B. DeMille Himself / Narrator (uncredited)
Vera Denham Slave / Hebrew in Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds Frail Old Lady (uncredited)
John Diggs Babylonian Ambassador (uncredited)
Sophie Dimitry Slave (uncredited)
Allan Douglas Hebrew in Exodus / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
John Drexel Court man (uncredited)
Robert Dumas Palace Guard (uncredited)
Margie Duncan Slave (uncredited)
Marjie Duncan Slave (uncredited)
Edward Earle Slave (uncredited)
Mohamed El Deeb Elder (uncredited)
Mah Salah Eldin Treasury guard (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante Taskmaster / Palace Guard (uncredited)
Hanaf Abou Esma Treasury Guard (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel First High Priest (uncredited)
Charles Evans Councillor (uncredited)
Matty Fain Slave (uncredited)
Gamel Faris Sergeant (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth Chariot driver (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum High official (uncredited)
Frank Fayad Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Tido Fedderson Court lady (uncredited)
Lila Finn Slave (uncredited)
Jack Fleming Servant (uncredited)
Mary Elizabeth Forbes Hebrew woman / Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Eddie Foster Slave (uncredited)
Mona Fouad Slave (uncredited)
Vera Frances Nubian Slave (uncredited)
John Frederick Officer / Egyptian Captain (uncredited)
Robert Fuller Extra (uncredited)
Kathy Garver Rachel (young slave) (uncredited)
Paul Gary Slave (uncredited)
Anthony George Slave (uncredited)
Leonard George Slave (uncredited)
Hal Gerard Slave / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson Slave Woman with Donkey / Hebrew in Exodus (uncredited)
Emily Getchell Old Hebrew Woman / Woman at Moses House (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert Slave (uncredited)
Richard Gilden Hebrew in Dathan's Tent (uncredited)
Andy Glick Hebrew boy at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Joe Gold Egyptian guard (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon Trojan Ambassador (uncredited)
Judy Goren Girl with donkey (uncredited)
Cliff Gould Nobleman (uncredited)
Bernie Gozier Extra (uncredited)
Jaclynne Greene Mother (uncredited)
Maia Gregory Slave (uncredited)
Robert Griffin High Priest (uncredited)
Mary Ann Griggs Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Jerry Groves Slave (uncredited)
Lyn Guild Slave (uncredited)
Frank Hagney Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton Slave / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Kay Hammond Grease Woman (uncredited)
Peter Hansen Young Aide (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker Court Lady / Lady from Crete (uncredited)
Michael Harris Court Man (uncredited)
John Hart Ambassador from Crete (uncredited)
Maurice Hart Slave (uncredited)
Jean Harvey Slave (uncredited)
Paul Harvey Royal Physician (uncredited)
Edmund Hashim Captain of the Guards / Officer / Captain of Trumpeters (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hawkins Slave (uncredited)
Donald Hayne God (Pillar of Fire)
Helene Heigh Court Lady (uncredited)
Len Hendry Hebrew in Dathan's Tent (uncredited)
Bob Herron Courier (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes Old Councillor (uncredited)
Salah Higazy Sergeant (uncredited)
Hallene Hill Old Woman (uncredited)
Ed Hinton Taskmaster / Flagman (uncredited)
Patricia Hitchcock Court Lady (uncredited)
Madeleine Holmes Slave (uncredited)
Robert Hunter Courier (uncredited)
Patricia Iannone Grainary Child (uncredited)
Adele Cook Johnson Court Lady (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Eddie Kane Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Kay Court Lady in Pool (uncredited)
Max Keith Nobleman (uncredited)
Robert Kendall Slave Boy with Pigeons / Architect's Assistant (uncredited)
Don Kent Captain of Tintyru (uncredited)
George Khoury Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
George Kilburn Slave (uncredited)
Glen Kilburn Hebrew at Dathan's tent (uncredited)
Walter Woolf King Herald (uncredited)
Charlotte Knight Slave (uncredited)
Mel Koontz Ethiopian Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Walter Kray Court Man (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen Old slave praying (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw Elder of Joseph (uncredited)
Harry Landers Architect's Assistant / Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Bob LaVarre Taskmaster (uncredited)
Mitchell Lawrence Slave (uncredited)
Norman Leavitt Slave (uncredited)
Michael Legend Court Man / Spearman (uncredited)
David Leonard Elderly Treader (uncredited)
Carol LeVeque Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Harry Lewis Slave (uncredited)
Frank Leyva Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Ronald Lisa Slave (uncredited)
Tony Louis Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Jerry Lucas Hebrew at Rameses' Gate / Jailer (uncredited)
Don Lynch Officer / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn Old Slave / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton Sethi's Attendant / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Casey MacGregor Slave (uncredited)
Barry Macollum Slave / Hebrew at Golden Calif (uncredited)
Terry MacRae Courtier / slave (uncredited)
Ralph Major Spearman (uncredited)
Larue Malouf Hebrew girl at Sphinx (uncredited)
Sharon Manns Girl with water bag / Hebrew girl at Crag and Corridor (uncredited)
Tony Marcos Treasury guard (uncredited)
Michael Mark Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Old Man Who Blesses Moses (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh Slave / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Saul Martell Slave (uncredited)
Jack Mather High Priest (uncredited)
Frank McMahon Slave (uncredited)
Albert P. Meissner Hebrew at Dathan's tent (uncredited)
Madge Meredith Slave (uncredited)
John Merrick Officer / Egyptian captain (uncredited)
John Milford Attendant to Trojan Ambassador / Young Father (uncredited)
Joyce Miller Court Lady (uncredited)
Miliza Milo Slave (uncredited)
Nico Minardos Court Man (uncredited)
Gordon Mitchell Egyptian guard (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell Slave (uncredited)
Julie Mitchum Slave (uncredited)
John Mixon Slave (uncredited)
Michael Moore Father (uncredited)
Pat Moran Slave (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow Slave / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Standard Bearer / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Robin Morse Pit Slave (uncredited)
Lorraine Moscati Court lady (uncredited)
Alix Nagy Water Carrier / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Frank Nechero Slave (uncredited)
Ron Nyman Egyptian guard (uncredited)
Inez Palange Slave (uncredited)
Jacqueline Park Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Eugenia Paul Hebrew GIrl at Sphinx (uncredited)
Yvonne Peattie Slave / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Edmund Penney Voice of High Priest, etc. (uncredited)
Jon Peters Extra (boy on donkey crossing Red Sea) (uncredited)
Preston Peterson Slave (uncredited)
Greigh Phillips Spearman / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Popel Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Stanley Price Slave Carrying Load (uncredited)
Elizabeth Prudhomme Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Vernon Rabar Extra (uncredited)
Stuart Randall Elder of Joseph (uncredited)
Harry Rand Court man / slave (uncredited)
Ida Ratliff Hebrew in exodus (uncredited)
Marlee Sue Regen Child slave (uncredited)
Gloria Rhoads Slave (uncredited)
Dawn Richard Pharaoh's daughter / Court Lady in Pool (uncredited)
Kent Lewis Richland Slave boy / Hebrew boy at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero Slave (uncredited)
Mel Roberts Little Boy in exodus (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts Councillor (uncredited)
George Robotham Attendant (uncredited)
Ric Roman Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Victor Romito Officer / Hebrew in Exodus / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Mickey Roth Officer (uncredited)
Linda Sue Rowen Little girl at Crag and Corridor (uncredited)
Paul Salata Amalekite (uncredited)
Joan Samuels Pharaoh's court dancer (uncredited)
Serena Sande Hebrew Girl at Sphinx (uncredited)
Archie Savage Ethiopian (uncredited)
Carl Saxe Amalekite / High Priest (uncredited)
Jefferson Dudley Searles Hebrew Toward Corridor / Slave (uncredited)
Ister Shatta Slave (uncredited)
Naomi Shaw Slave (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon Old Hebrew Woman Kneading Bread at Moses' House / Hebrew in Exodus (uncredited)
Hal Sherman Slave (uncredited)
Mike Sill One of bearers of the Golden Calf (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson Overseer Watching from Door (uncredited)
Marc Snegoff (uncredited)
Marc Snow Slave (uncredited)
Robert St. Claire Hebrew at Dathan's tent (uncredited)
Charles Stevens Slave (uncredited)
Emilie Stevens Hebrew in Dathan's Tent (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson Court Man (uncredited)
Bob Stratton Nobleman (uncredited)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer Slave (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow Extra (uncredited)
Hy Terman Slave (uncredited)
Ken Terrell Amalekite (uncredited)
Arthur Tookoian Fan Bearer (uncredited)
Pat Tribble Woman (uncredited)
Patricia Turner Hebrew at Rameses' Gate (uncredited)
Julian Upton Spearman (uncredited)
Connie Van Slave (uncredited)
Robert Vaughn Spearman / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Louise Volding Slave (uncredited)
Bunny Warner Little Girl (uncredited)
Joan Warner Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Paul Weber Architect / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Alan Wells Hebrew at Crag & Corridor (uncredited)
Paul Wexler Hebrew at Crag & Corridor / Hebrew at Golden Calf (uncredited)
Dan White Slave (uncredited)
Loray White Nubian Slave (uncredited)
Marilyn Winston Grainary Child (uncredited)
Harry Woods Officer (uncredited)
Norman Wright Assyrian Ambassador (uncredited)
Than Wyenn Slave (uncredited)
Stephen Wyman Nobleman (uncredited)
Guy Zanette Slave (uncredited)
Fred Zendar Slave / Taskmaster (uncredited)
Producer: Cecil B. DeMille
Writer: J.H. Ingraham,A.E. Southon
When I was 10 years old I saw The Ten Commandments in the the theater which is the only place it really should be seen. At the time I thought it was the greatest film ever. All that splashy color cinematogaphy and eye filling spectacle. The guy that put this together is some kind of special genius. Then I grew up.

Today in a lot of quarters this and other DeMille sound films are viewed as pretty high camp. Especially those that touch on a religious theme. It's that dialog and The Ten Commandments longer than any other of his films has more of it. People talking some of that high falutin' nonsense, together with a good mixture of sex.

What a lot of people fail to remember is that before Cecil B. DeMille came to Hollywood he was an actor and playwright on Broadway. He learned his trade at the feet of David Belasco, the premier Broadway producer/playwright of his day. In that Victorian/Edwardian era, ALL the actors, in Belasco plays especially spouted that stuff. I recall Anne Baxter saying that Moses spurned her like a strumpet. How many people do you know who use the word strumpet in their every day conversation? Or Yvonne DeCarlo saying to Charlton Heston that he Moses is God's torch to light the way to freedom and that by the way she loves him?

DeMille made one great casting decision in getting the only actor who could play Moses and make it believable. This indeed was Charlton Heston's career role and as he said in his autobiography if you can't make a career out of the lead in two DeMille pictures it ain't happening.

One other member of the cast Edward G. Robinson as Dathan loved this picture. Robinson had been dropping in star status since the late Forties and was now doing mostly B films. DeMille, whose rightwing politics Robinson despised, gave him this part and Robinson's career got a big shot in the arm. Robinson was grateful and gave him full credit in his unfinished memoirs. Most of the last half of The Ten Commandments is a running verbal battle between Heston and Robinson who is trying to keep some kind of control. Robinson is almost like the leader of a company union with the Hebrew slaves as members and Robinson sure enjoys the perks of office.

The first half of the film is the sex part, hovering over all the biblical jargon. DeMille used an old gambit of his, two men in a rivalry over a woman. It worked in previous films like Northwest Mounted Police, Reap the Wild Wind, Unconquered and now here. Anne Baxter is a royal princess promised to the next Pharoah designate. But who will Sir Cedric Hardwicke designate. Charlton Heston his nephew or Yul Brynner his son? Anne Baxter has Nefretiri has both these guys hormones in overdrive. She favors Moses, but then Moses gets a higher calling.

Though he was no director of actors and his sense of drama was generations old, DeMille was a firm believer in two things, fill the screen and make the films move. 50 years later the parting of the Red Sea will still make one gasp. It's not just publicity hype when The Ten Commandments is advertised with a cast of thousands, that is thousands you're seeing on that screen.

Elmer Bernstein wrote the musical score for The Ten Commandments one of his first. He credited DeMille with teaching him how to write musical scores for film that underscore movement. This score brought him his first real notice as a film composer and he certainly became one of the best.

Given the computer technology available today, one can only imagine what Cecil B. DeMille could create today. Of course he'd insist on some of the same writing, but then again without it, it wouldn't be a DeMille picture.

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Imdb rating: 7.9
Musician: Elmer Bernstein
Running time: 220 min
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