Trailer: The King of Kings - 1927
Trailer: The King of Kings – 1927

A preview of Cecil B. DeMille’s upcoming film, The King of Kings … “the picture that will live forever.”

DeMille hypes his 1927 spectacle, “magnificently portrayed by an inspiring cast of 5000 players,” by stressing the epic proportion of these biblical episodes rather than the story itself.

Both producer and director of King of Kings, DeMille also was a prolific editor, writer, and actor. With a larger than life persona, he was famous for being famous, often playing himself in other people’s movies. You remember his cameo in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd …

“Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”