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The Sign of the Cross

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1932-11-30 Drama 2hr 4m

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, when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When he sees their stepdaughter Mercia, he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursues Mercia, which gets him into trouble with Emperor (for being easy on Christians) and with the Empress, who loves him and is jealous.

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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, when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When he sees their stepdaughter Mercia, he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursues Mercia, which gets him into trouble with Emperor (for being easy on Christians) and with the Empress, who loves him and is jealous.

  • Released
    1932-11-30
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    n/a
  • Runtime
    2hr 4m
  • Genre
    Drama, History
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.8
  • Production
    Paramount

Crew

Cecil B. DeMille
Director
Waldemar Young
Screenplay
Cecil B. DeMille
Producer

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Cast

Fredric March

Fredric March

Marcus Superbus - Prefect of Rome
Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert

Empress Poppaea
Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Ian Keith

Ian Keith

Tigellinus
Harry Beresford

Harry Beresford

Favius Fontelas
Robert Seiter

Robert Seiter

Philodemus
Henry Brandon

Henry Brandon

Colosseum Spectator (uncredited)
John Carradine

John Carradine

Christian Martyr / Gladiator Leader / Voice in Coliseum Mob (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien

Christian on Stairway (uncredited)
Sally Rand

Sally Rand

Crocodiles' Victim (uncredited)
Arthur Shields

Arthur Shields

Chaplain Costello (1944 Re-Release Prologue) (uncredited)
Tom Tully

Tom Tully

Hoboken (1944 Re-Release Prologue) (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore

Lionel Belmore

Bettor of 300 Silver

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