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The Robe

The Robe(1953)

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  • Darryl F. Zanuck originally offered the role of Marcellus to 'Power, Tyrone' in a bid to get him to renew his contract with Fox. Power instead opted to star in "John Brown's Body" on stage.
  • Director Henry Koster chose his second assistant director Donald Klune to play the role of Jesus in the film. Klute would thus sign all the extras' vouchers and finish the paperwork while still in costume. He also had to eat lunch in his dressing room, as the studio thought it would be inappropriate for "Jesus" to eat in the commissary at Fox.
  • The second movie made in Cinemascope, but the first to be released.
  • The film rights to had originally been bought by RKO Pictures in the 1940s. The studio never filmed it, eventually selling the rights to Twentieth-Century Fox.
  • The opening shot after the title credits (and the background 'red robe' curtain parts) is actually a scene lifted from it's sequel, 'Demetrius and the Gladiators'. That's Jay Robinson as Caligula presiding over the ceremony preceding the gladitorial games; William Marshall as Glycon in the front row of gladiators, far right; and Victor Mature as Demetrius standing directly behind him.

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