The Sign of the Cross
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Director Cecil B. DeMille returned to Paramount Pictures for this typically epic production, which became his first box office hit after the close of the silent era. Fredric March stars as Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus, a noble military leader of the year 64 A.D. Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) has just burned down the city and blamed the conflagration on Christians, which has exacerbated anti-Christian sentiment. Marcus encounters a beautiful young Christian woman, Mercia (Elissa Landi), pleading with soldiers over the arrest of her beloved stepfather Titus (Arthur Hohl). The Prefect… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cast is uniformly good, but only one exceptional performance is registered. That's Laughton's."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's generous helpings of sex and violence are overwhelmed by its general air of condescension and phony piety."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Not for people with scruples."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It wasn't great when it was first released and it's definitely not improved since."
‑ , Film4
"The Caligula of its day."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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