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The Resource The last days of Pompeii, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. ; a Merian C. Cooper production ; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack ; writer, Ruth Rose ; original story, James Ashmore Creelman and Melville Baker ; collaboration on adaptation, Boris Ingster ; contributors to treatment, G.B. Stern and Jerry Hutchison

The last days of Pompeii, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. ; a Merian C. Cooper production ; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack ; writer, Ruth Rose ; original story, James Ashmore Creelman and Melville Baker ; collaboration on adaptation, Boris Ingster ; contributors to treatment, G.B. Stern and Jerry Hutchison

Label
The last days of Pompeii
Title
The last days of Pompeii
Statement of responsibility
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. ; a Merian C. Cooper production ; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack ; writer, Ruth Rose ; original story, James Ashmore Creelman and Melville Baker ; collaboration on adaptation, Boris Ingster ; contributors to treatment, G.B. Stern and Jerry Hutchison
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Language
eng
Summary
"After his wife and son are injured by a runaway chariot and later die because he has no money to pay for a doctor, an embittered Pompeiian blacksmith, Marcus, dedicates himself to a career as a well-paid gladiator. Although he never relishes killing his arena rivals, Marcus soon becomes the most successful fighter on the circuit, earning substantial sums in the process. His life changes, however, when he meets Flavius, the seven-year-old son of a defeated opponent, whom he adopts. Eventually Marcus is forced out of the arena and must support Flavius through the odious but lucrative job of slave and horse trading. Before leaving on a horse buying trip to Judea, Marcus befriends a Greek soothsayer, who prophesies that Flavius will go to strife-ridden Jerusalem and meet 'a great man' and that Marcus will be confronted with a life-altering choice between success and failure. Marcus, believing that the great man is Pontius Pilate, takes Flavius to meet the ruler, who offers Marcus a job stealing horses from his desert enemy. Although the raid is successful, Flavius is thrown from a horse and nears death, but is cured miraculously by a stranger known only as 'the Lord.' Marcus pledges his dedication to the stranger, but when another follower later begs his help to save the prophet from crucifixion, Marcus chooses to save his ill-gotten gold instead. Many years later, Flavius, who is haunted by dim memories of the man who had once cured him, rejects his father's plans for him and devotes himself to liberating runaway slaves who are destined for Marcus' deadly arena. Caught with the escaping slaves, Flavius is sent to fight in the arena, in spite of Marcus' pleas and bribes for his freedom. At the start of the battle, however, Mt. Vesuvius erupts, and once again, Marcus is given the choice between saving his wealth and human lives. After tossing away his coveted gold, Marcus finally sacrifices his own life to rescue Flavius and his band of runaway slaves. As Marcus' soul ascends to heaven, it is greeted with open, forgiving arms by the spirit of the doomed prophet, Jesus"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Cataloging source
UBY
Characteristic
motion picture
Credits note
Production associate, John Speaks; assistant director, Ivan Thomas; photography, J. Roy Hunt; photography technician, Eddie Linden; art director, Van Nest Polglase; art director associate, Al Herman; art technician, Byron Crabbe; editor, Archie F. Marshek; set dresser, Thomas Little; art work, Aloys Bohnen; costumes, Aline Bernstein; music, Roy Webb; recording, Clem Portman; sound effects, Walter Elliott; music recording, P.J. Faulkner, Jr.; special effects, Harry Redmond; photographic effects, Vernon Walker; supervisor of dance numbers, Russell Lewis; chief technician, Willis O'Brien; research, Elizabeth McGaffey
PerformerNote
Preston Foster (Marcus); Alan Hale (Burbix); Basil Rathbone (Pontius Pilate); John Wood (Flavius, as a man); Louis Calhern (prefect); David Holt (Flavius, as a boy); Dorothy Wilson (Clodia); Wyrley Birch (Leaster); Gloria Shea (Julia); Frank Conroy (Gaius); William V. Mong (Cleon); Murray Kinnell (Judean peasant); Henry Kolker (warder); Edward Van Sloan (Calvus); Zeffie Tilbury (the wisewoman); John Davidson (slave); Ward Bond (gladiator)
Runtime
96
Technique
live action
Label
The last days of Pompeii, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. ; a Merian C. Cooper production ; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack ; writer, Ruth Rose ; original story, James Ashmore Creelman and Melville Baker ; collaboration on adaptation, Boris Ingster ; contributors to treatment, G.B. Stern and Jerry Hutchison
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Publication
Note
  • Biblical epic; feature
  • Credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Playing time on release was 85 or 90 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940. Maltin gives playing time as 96 min
  • full screen (1.37:1)
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
16 mm.
Dimensions
16mm. film width
Extent
3 film reels (approximately 96 min., 3,456 ft.)
FilmInspectionDate
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Governing access note
Condition restricted;
Jurisdiction note
permission to view item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
optical sound track on motion picture film
Motion picture presentation format
standard sound aperture reduced frame
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Physical access
Patrons should use reference copy
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
film reel
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn710818612
  • UtOrBLW
Label
The last days of Pompeii, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. ; a Merian C. Cooper production ; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack ; writer, Ruth Rose ; original story, James Ashmore Creelman and Melville Baker ; collaboration on adaptation, Boris Ingster ; contributors to treatment, G.B. Stern and Jerry Hutchison
Publication
Note
  • Biblical epic; feature
  • Credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Playing time on release was 85 or 90 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940. Maltin gives playing time as 96 min
  • full screen (1.37:1)
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
16 mm.
Dimensions
16mm. film width
Extent
3 film reels (approximately 96 min., 3,456 ft.)
FilmInspectionDate
||||
Governing access note
Condition restricted;
Jurisdiction note
permission to view item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
optical sound track on motion picture film
Motion picture presentation format
standard sound aperture reduced frame
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Physical access
Patrons should use reference copy
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
film reel
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn710818612
  • UtOrBLW

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