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|Rita Hayworth||Princess Salome|
|Charles Laughton||King Herod|
|Stewart Granger||le commandant Claudius|
|Judith Anderson||la reine Herodiade|
|Cedric Hardwicke||l'empereur Tibère|
|Basil Sydney||Pontius Pilate|
|Maurice Schwartz||Ezra, le conseiller du roi|
|Maurice Schwartz||Ezra the King's Advisor|
|Arnold Moss||Micha the Queen's Advisor|
|Cedric Hardwicke||Tiberius Caesar|
|Judith Anderson||Queen Herodias|
|Alan Badel||John the Baptist|
|Rex Reason||Marcellus Fabius|
Although based on the New Testament story, the film does not follow the biblical text. In Galilee, during the rule of Rome's Tiberius Caesar, King Herod (Charles Laughton) and Queen Herodias (Judith Anderson) sit on the throne and are condemned by a prophet known as John the Baptist (Alan Badel). Herodias resents John's denunciation of her marriage to the king, her former husband's brother, and the Baptist's claim that she is an adulteress.
Salome falls in love with a heroic Roman soldier (Granger) who converts to Christianity. In a direct reversal of the Biblical text, she dances for Herod to save John the Baptist from being beheaded, but is unsuccessful. Horrified, she renounces her mother Herodias, who planned and ordered the execution, and also becomes a Christian convert. The last scene shows Hayworth and Granger listening to Christ (whose face is not shown) delivering the Sermon on the Mount.