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...
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|Rita Hayworth||Princess Salome|
|Charles Laughton||King Herod|
|Stewart Granger||Commander Claudius|
|Judith Anderson||Queen Herodias|
|Cedric Hardwicke||Tiberius Caesar|
|Alan Badel||John the Baptist|
|Basil Sydney||Pontius Pilate|
|Maurice Schwartz||Ezra the King's Advisor|
|Karl 'Killer' Davis||Slave Master|
|Jesse Lasky Jr.||Story|