Salome

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Released 1953

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Director:
William Dieterle
Released:
1953
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Rita Hayworth's Salome tries to save John the Baptist (Badel) from losing his head to the sword of King Herod (played with marvelous scene-chewing by Laughton) reversing the traditional story that she was responsible for his death. In this biblical drama, Hayworth dances the "Dance of the Seven Veils".
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      • Alan Badel, despite his great antipathy for director William Dieterle, worked for him again in his next film, "Magic Fire", a biography of Richard Wagner in which he played the composer. This movie, like "Salome", was a box-office flop and critical disaster, and Badel made no more films for seven years after it.

      • Alan Badel greatly disliked making this film in Hollywood, although he got much publicity and special "introducing" credit in his role as John the Baptist. (He had, in fact, been in two previous films in Britain). He had a particular antipathy to German-born director William Dieterle, and is reported to have taken him aside at one point and told him that "I spent six years killing your fellow-countrymen and one more won't weigh on my conscience!"

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