May 3, 1956: Collins v Stanwyck – Land Of The Pharaohs and The Maverick Queen

“The Barbarous Love That Left Egypt’s Great Pyramid As Its Wondrous Landmark!”

Land_of_the_Pharaohs-1956Land of the Pharaohs is a 1955 American epic film in Cinemascope released this day in UK cinemas. It was directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring Jack Hawkins as Pharaoh Khufu (also known as Cheops) and Joan Collins as his second wife Nellifer, in a fictional account of the building of the Great Pyramid. Novelist William Faulkner was one of the three screenwriters.

The film literally had a cast of thousands (Warner Bros. press office claimed there were 9,787 extras in one scene) and was one of Hollywood’s largest-scale, ancient world epics, in the spirit of The Robe, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, and others. The film was shot on location in Egypt and in Rome’s Titanus studios. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the ElWoOdBr YouTube Channel.

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“Hear Joni James sing.”

The_Maverick_Queen-1956The Maverick Queen is an American Trucolor Western film starring Barbara Stanwyck as the title character and Barry Sullivan as an undercover Pinkerton detective out to stop outlaws Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and the Wild Bunch. The film was based the novel by Zane Grey. [Wikipedia]

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