Ben-Hur | Chicago Reader


Rated NR 145 minutes 1925

Ramon Novarro drives the chariot in Fred Niblo's 1926 production of the Roman epic, based on Lew Wallace's best-selling schlock novel. With a supposed $4 million budget (stupefying for the times), it was one of the first international successes, but still never turned a profit. (The producers' contract with Wallace's estate called for a 50 percent split.)

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Director: Fred Niblo

Cast: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Claire McDowell, Betty Bronson, Carmel Myers, Nigel de Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Leo White, Frank Currier, Charles Belcher, Dale Fuller and Winter Hall

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