The Sign of the Cross (1932) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (1051 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Paramount Pictures [us] - (as Paramount Publix Corporation)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 30 November 1932
(USA) - 25 December 1932
(Austria) - 1933
(USA) - 10 February 1933
(Germany) - 17 February 1933

Running Time
122 (without intermission)

A picture which will proudly lead all the entertainments the world has ever seen

ancient-rome, animal-attack, apostle, arena, arrest, baker, based-on-novel, based-on-play, bathing, bear, beating, bow-and-arrow, cat, christian-history, christianity, colosseum, cowardice, crocodile, death, dog, dungeon, early-christians, elephant, empress, execution,

Technical Support
MET: - (14 reels)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Alexander, Richard (I) as [Viturius] <13>
  2. Allen, Joel (I) as (uncredited) [Bombadier - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  3. Auer, Mischa as (uncredited) [Christian in Dungeon]
  4. Belmore, Lionel as (uncredited) [Bettor of 300 Silver]
  5. Beresford, Harry as [Favius Fontelas] <7>
  6. Boardman, True (II) as (uncredited) [Slave of Nero]
  7. Bonomo, Joe (I) as (uncredited) [Mute Torturer]
  8. Brandon, Henry (I) as (uncredited) [Spectator at Colosseum]
  9. Bruggeman, George as (uncredited) [Slave of Nero]
  10. Burton, Clarence as [Servillius] <15>
  11. Carpenter, Horace B. as (uncredited)
  12. Carradine, John as (uncredited) [Christian Martyr/Leader of Gladiators/Voice in the Coliseum Mob]
  13. Chandler, Lane as (uncredited) [Christian in Chains]
  14. Conlon, Tommy as [Stephan] <8>
  15. Forrest, William (I) as (uncredited) [Colonel Hugh Mason - 1944 Prologue]
  16. Gottschalk, Ferdinand as [Glabrio] <9>
  17. Healy, Harold as [Tybul] <16>
  18. Hohl, Arthur as [Titus] <6>
  19. James, John (I) as (uncredited) [Lieutenant Herb Hanson - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  20. Keith, Ian (I) as [Tigellinus] <5>
  21. Laughton, Charles as [Nero] <4>
  22. Lederer, Otto as (uncredited)
  23. LeSaint, Edward as (uncredited) [Enthusiastic Spectator]
  24. Lucas, Wilfred as (uncredited)
  25. March, Fredric as [Marcus Superbus] <1>
  26. Middleton, Charles (I) as [Tyros] <18>
  27. Millican, James (I) as (uncredited) [Captain Kevin Driscoll - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  28. Mong, William V. as [Licinius] <11>
  29. Nowell, Wedgwood as (uncredited) [Man Accepting 300 Silver Bet]
  30. O Brien, Dave (I) as (uncredited) [Christian on Stairway]
  31. O Brien, William H. as (uncredited) [Man Who Heard Lions All Morning]
  32. Pendleton, Nat as [Strabo] <14>
  33. Price, Hal as (uncredited) [Spectator]
  34. Ricketts, Tom (I) as (uncredited) [Sleeping Spectator]
  35. Ridges, Stanley (I) as (uncredited) [Chaplain Lloyd - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  36. Rossitto, Angelo as (uncredited) [Pygmy Broached By Sword]
  37. Seiter, Robert as (as Robert Manning) [Philodemus] <17>
  38. Shields, Arthur as (uncredited) [Chaplain Costello - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  39. Storm, Jerome as (uncredited)
  40. Taylor, Kent (I) as (uncredited) [Romantic Spectator]
  41. Thorndike, Oliver as (uncredited) [Lieutenant Robert Hammond - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  42. Tully, Tom (I) as (uncredited) [Hoboken - 1944 Re-Release Prologue]
  43. Bonner, Marjorie (I) as (uncredited) [Roman Woman]
  44. Clifford, Ruth as (uncredited) [Christian Mother at Meeting]
  45. Colbert, Claudette as [Poppea] <3>
  46. Gibson, Wynne as (uncredited) [Extra at Orgy]
  47. Granger, Dorothy as (uncredited) [Bit Part]
  48. Holloway, Carol as (uncredited)
  49. Joyner, Joyzelle as (as Joyzelle) [Ancaria] <12>
  50. Landi, Elissa as [Mercia] <2>
  51. Leighton, Lillian as (uncredited) [Woman Getting Gold for Cup]
  52. Norman, Gertrude as (uncredited) [Christian]
  53. Rand, Sally as (uncredited) [Crocodiles' Victim]
  54. Seabury, Ynez as (uncredited) [Little Girl]
  55. Tobin, Vivian as [Dacia] <10>
  56. Turner, Florence as (uncredited) [Christian]
  57. Wales, Ethel as (uncredited) [Complaining Wife]


  1. Drama
  2. History

Full Plot

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. John Oswalt Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Paramount Publix Corp.; 30 November 1932; LP3443 (in copyright registry) CP: Paramount Productions Inc., 1932 (on print) PD: 25 July 1932 - ? SD: 25 July 1932 - 29 September 1932

Movie Certificate

16 (West Germany)(f)
16 (Norway)(1947)
16 (Argentina)
Approved (USA)(PCA #1581-R, 23 September 1935 for re-release)
Passed (USA)(National Board of Review)

Music Composers

  1. Chernis, Jay (uncredited)
  2. Kopp, Rudolph G.
  3. Marquardt, Paul (uncredited)
  4. Roder, Milan (uncredited)


  1. Struss, Karl (photographed by)

Dress Designers

  1. Leisen, Mitchell


MCA/Universal Home Video [us] - (1995) (USA) (VHS)
MCA/Universal Pictures [us] - (1958) (USA) (TV)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1932) (USA) (theatrical) (as Paramount Publix Corporation)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1944) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) (edited)
Paramount-Film [de] - (1933) (Germany) (theatrical)
Paramount-Film [de] - (1950) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Cinema Classics)

Film Editors

  1. Bauchens, Anne (uncredited)


  1. Seay, Chester (archery instructor) (uncredited)


[the Empress, soaking naked in a tub of ass's milk and calling to her handmaiden] Poppaea: Dacia, you're a butterfly with the sting of a wasp. Take off your clothes. Get in here and tell me all about it. Emperor Nero: My head is splitting... the wine last night, the music... the delicious debauchery!

Other Titles

  1. Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (1932) (ENG)
    (Australia) (TV title)

  2. Il segno della croce (1932) (ENG)

  3. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)

  4. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)

  5. Im Zeichen des Kreuzes (1933) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Fresno, California, USA
  2. Paramount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA


- Third film in 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv)'s biblical trilogy, following _The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv) and _The King of Kings (1927)_ (qv).

- Originally released as a 124-minute feature. After the Hays Code was instituted, some of the more "sinful" scenes were cut for the film's re-release in 1944. At this time a newly filmed prologue and epilogue were added, so that the film's running time remained more or less the same as the original release.

- The play was first performed in the United States as part of a theatrical tour which started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1895, but became a sensation when it opened in London, England, UK on 27 May 1895.

- When the movie opened nationally on 10 February 1933, there was a "bank holiday" because of the Depression. With all the banks closed, theater managers accepted IOUs from patrons wishing to see the movie, and 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) reported most of those were eventually redeemed.

- The prologue for the 1944 re-release was completed 25 March 1944 at a cost of $100,000 - $125,000.

- 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) was pressured to drop Ancaria's seductive dance in the orgy scene by 'Will H. Hays' (qv) of the Hays Office, but DeMille