Synopsis: In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications...
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): William Dieterle
Production: The Beckworth Corporation
103 min

The day of judgment approaches.

The Lord will reward the righteous

and smite the wicked.

King Herod and Queen Herodias

are doomed, for they live in sin.

They are not wed.

But, master, they are.

Not under the law of Moses.

Herod has broken

the seventh commandment.

He has taken another man's wife.

And Herodias is equally guilty,

for she lives in adultery,

scorns our God-given law.

The hand of the Lord will fall

upon the king and queen.

They will suffer his wrath.

But be calm, my friends.

Righteousness shall rise

like a mighty river.

Truth shall be clear

as crystal.


Cease to do evil.

Learn to do good.

Relieve the oppressed.

Seek righteousness.

For his love will be with you

as a morning dew,

and you shall blossom

like a rose.

What did you learn,

my dear councillor?

Your Majesty,

the Baptist has returned

from the wilderness.

He speaks more viciously

against you than ever before.

How many listened to his poison?


Not only the rabble,

but men of means now follow him.

You must stop him, or he

will begin preaching in the city.

Micha, wait here.

I will see the king.

Yes, Your Majesty.

Your Majesty, the queen.

Tell her I have retired.

I remember when

you could not retire

without coming to me.

You wish to see me.

How rare to get so quick

an audience with Your Majesty.

It's late. I'm tired.

Not too late and not too tired

to be waiting for another.

Very well. I am waiting for another.

And your wife is the intruder.

I thought we were long past that.

I know you are.

Why did you come?

What is it you want?

The Baptist is back.

And this time,

you must silence him.

He calls me an adulteress.

No matter what is between us,

he threatens

the House of Herod.

I want him destroyed.

He is harmless.

What he says is of no consequence.

Many fill your prisons

for saying less.

Yet you allow a madman

to preach treason.

You must put

an end to him.

Stop him!

Let me alone.

Stop him before it's too late.

I said, go!

I warn you.

It must be his death,

or it will be ours.


you heard?

Everything, sire.

She descends upon me

like a plague of locusts

every time the Baptist appears.

She knows what'll happen

to me if harm befalls him

and she asks for his death.

Yet I cannot let him denounce me.

Lift not your hand against him.

But he preaches sedition.

I cannot allow that.

Remember the prophecy.

Remember when your father,

Herod the Great, was king of Judea.

Three wise men came out

of the East proclaiming

a child had just been born

who would grow up

to be the Messiah.

I don't need reminding.

In your heart, you do.

Never forget the deed

of your father when he

was seized with terror

that the Messiah

would someday

dethrone him.

I know. I know.

Why must you hound me

with it?

So that you will not follow in

the path of your father.

Remember the punishment

of the Lord upon him.

For the blood he shed.

The innocent blood.

Remember the strange illness

that came over him.

The unbearable pain

that befell him.

His mind and body became

his own torture chamber.

Your father suffered agony,

agony without relief.

Enough. Enough.

I can still hear him screaming.

You are trying to shield

the Messiah from me.

I do not know

if John is the Messiah.

Many people think he is.

It is written the Messiah

will first appear as a prophet.

But there are many prophets

in the land.

The Messiah is the prophet

and no other.

He was born in my father's time.

Now he tries to depose me.

I know him for a great prophet.

A holy man.

Harm him,

and what happened to your father

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Harry Kleiner

Harry Kleiner (September 10, 1916 Tiflis, Russia – October 17, 2007 Chicago, Illinois) was a Russian-born American screenwriter and producer best known for his films at 20th Century Fox. more…

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