Salomé (1918 film)

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This article is about the 1918 silent film. For other uses, see Salome (disambiguation).
Salome, 1918 - Poster.jpg
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards
Produced by William Fox
Written by Adrian Johnson (scenario)
Oscar Wilde (play Salome)
Story by Flavius Josephus
Starring Theda Bara
G. Raymond Nye
Alan Roscoe
Bertram Grassby
Release date(s)
  • October 6, 1918 (1918-10-06)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Salomé is a 1918 American silent drama film produced by William Fox and starring actress Theda Bara.


As described in a film magazine,[1] Salome uses her wiles in pursuit of King Herod, whose power she desires. She has disposed of Herod's chief rival, and causes his wife to be killed through her own treachery. John the Baptist, who has secured a hold on the people, denounces Herod and his court. Herod has John thrown in jail for fomenting sedition. There Salome meets him, and becomes crazed with passion, but when John rejects her she seeks revenge. With a sensuous dance she gains the approval of Herod, and demands John's head as her reward. This act brings her own punishment when she is crushed to death beneath the sharp spokes on the shields of the Roman legionnaires.


Theda Bara in Salomé

Production notes[edit]

Portions of the film were shot at Palm Springs, California.[2]:168–71

In popular culture[edit]

A scene in the film The Cook, starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, spoofs parts of this movie, with Arbuckle dressing in drag and doing his best "Cleopatra" impression.

Preservation status[edit]

This film is now considered to be a lost film.[3]

French film preservationist and historian Henri Langlois said he had the opportunity to buy this film but dismissed it as he felt that the film was not considered a classic. He subsequently realized his lost chance and regretted prejudging films as worthy of preserving, deciding instead to preserve whatever film he was able to.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: Salome". Moving Picture World (New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company) 39 (3): 389. Jan. 18, 1919. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ Niemann, Greg (2006). Palm Springs Legends: Creation of a Desert Oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290.  (here for Table of Contents)
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Salomé". silentera. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  4. ^ Wilmington, Michael (May 30, 2004). "Cannes treats cinephiles to tale of Henri Langlois". p. 1. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

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