Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Niblo B. Reeves Easton (directors)
Lew Wallace (novel)
June Mathis, Bess Meredyth, Carey Wilson (screenwriters)
Ramon Novarro, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Francis X. Bushman, Carmel Myers (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1925. Vintage reference photograph from the 1925 film, showing actors Claire McDowell, Ramon Novarro, and Kathleen Key.

Based on the 1880 novel. Jewish prince Ben-Hur is sent to prison at the behest of his childhood friend Messala as a result of a mishap during a Roman parade. Through sheer will, Ben-Hur endures hard labor and slavery in prison and, once released, vows revenge on Messala. The most expensive silent film, with a budget of $3.9 million.

Shot on location in Italy and California.

10 x 8 inches. Very Good plus, with light edgewear and faint toning to the border.

National Film Registry. Godard, Histoires de cinema.

[Book #148254]