5.1/10
143
14 user 1 critic

Serpent of the Nile (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, History | 8 May 1953 (USA)
In 44 BC, after the assassination of the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and one of the highest ranking Roman generals and Caesar's possible successor Mark Anthony begin a tragic love affair.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan
Falafel (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Everything bad that can happen on the way to a party happens to young Tou on this nighttime trip though Beirut.

Director: Michel Kammoun
Stars: Elie Mitri, Gabrielle Bou Rached, Issam Bou Khaled
Eagle's Wing (1979)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A white trapper steals a white mustang called "Eagle Wing" from a Kiowa Indian, who pursues him to get his horse back.

Director: Anthony Harvey
Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Harvey Keitel
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The passionate romance between an Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman is threatened when the Pearl Harbor attacks happen and the woman is forced into a prison camp because of her ethnicity.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In ancient times, a Jew is instrumental in the crowning of a new Median-Persian king who, in return, conquers Babylon and frees all the Jewish slaves.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Richard Conte, Linda Christian, Maurice Schwartz
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

(Japanese with English subtitles) A disgraced warrior planning the murder of a Japanese diplomat, and a ninja in the employ of a navy official are about to land in San Francisco when a band... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Christopher Mayer, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Bachicha
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A tour of 23 buildings located in Israel designed by Kibbutz architect Samuel Bickels. The majority of public spaces are directed towards the needs of different kibuttzim, constructed ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Emigholz
Stars: Galia Bar Or
The Lawyer (1970)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tony Petrocelli, a bright young lawyer practicing in the rich cattle town of Baker, becomes embroiled in a murder case.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Barry Newman, Harold Gould, Diana Muldaur
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young widower with his new wife returns to the mansion in which his first wife died.

Director: Alfonso Balcázar
Stars: José Antonio Amor, Daniela Giordano, Nuria Torray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

British rock star with a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. The tables are turned when four cute young girls kidnap the singer. After several days of sex and degradation, the poor fellow is rescued by his friends.

Director: Robert Freeman
Stars: Judy Huxtable, Ester Anderson, Kathy Simmonds
Spectre (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An elderly writer visits the small village where he grew up and as he walks through he catches a glimpse of the same woman he fell in love with in his youth but she has not aged at all! He follows her, but is not ready for what he finds

Director: Mateo Gil
Stars: Juan José Ballesta, Natalia Millán, Jordi Dauder
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Stars: Yûya Uchida, Reiko Kayama, Eimei Esumi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rhonda Fleming ... Cleopatra
William Lundigan ... Lucilius
Raymond Burr ... Mark Antony
Jean Byron ... Charmian
Michael Ansara ... Captain Florus
Michael Fox ... Octavius
Conrad Wolfe Conrad Wolfe ... Elderly Assassin
John Crawford ... Captain Domitius
Jane Easton ... Cytheris
Robert Griffin ... Brutus
Frederic Berest Frederic Berest ... Marculius
Julie Newmar ... The Gilded Girl (as Julie Newmeyer)
Edit

Storyline

In 44 BC, after the assassination of the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and one of the highest ranking Roman generals and Caesar's possible successor Mark Anthony begin a tragic love affair.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Serpente do Nilo See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Used sets from Salome (1953). See more »

Goofs

Shadows of the camera crew can be seen in the close shots of Serapian and Arsinoe fleeing in the chariot. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Carry on Cleo?
9 June 2016 | by tomsviewSee all my reviews

Hollywood's love affair with Cleopatra is as strong as the ones she had with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony - and just as doomed.

As for "Serpent of the Nile", maybe only lovers of bad movies could sit through it today, and for them there is much to enjoy. However it's fascinating to see a star like Raymond Burr before he became famous on television.

"Serpent of the Nile" starts with the death of Caesar, which allows Mark Antony (Raymond Burr) to follow his destiny to Egypt and Cleopatra. Fair-skinned Rhonda Fleming is a glamorous Cleopatra, although the makeup department didn't even bother to remove the cap off the bronzing cream in the pursuit of ethnic authenticity.

Along the way, Antony spares the life of Lucilius (William Lundigan), a Roman officer who becomes a friend. However, Lucilius has had history with Cleopatra and has the inside running although she does take up with Mark Antony. Eventually Antony loses his grip, giving himself over to pleasure.

After a falling out of buddies, Lucilius joins Antony's rival, Octavian, who arrives to stop the nonsense in Egypt. Finally, Antony falls on his sword while Cleopatra heads for the basket with the asp.

"Serpent" is flat looking and stagy. That's probably because much of the film looks as though it was shot in director William Castle's office where they just pushed the furniture aside and hung a curtain on the wall - the film uses a lot of curtains.

The film opens out in a few scenes, and does come to life in the big dance number. The movie doesn't seem to have taxed the research department too much except where they apparently discovered that the Ancient Egyptians were partial to scantly-clad dancing girls. In fact researchers on all Cleopatra pictures come to the same conclusion, although I can't remember ever seeing hieroglyphics that depicted things quite that way.

The dance sequence in "Serpent" seems to owe more to Las Vegas than Luxor and is a bit of an eye-opener, especially for a 1953 movie. Julie Newmar cut loose clad in gold paint and not much else - the rest of the movie has a hard time matching a performance like that.

The audacity of the whole thing is reason enough to give the film a viewing. Although it's not a send-up, in some ways it could give "Carry on Cleo" a run for its money.


2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed