On Tuesday, April 19th, 1927 the “King of Kings’ premiered in New York City; an epic religious moving-picture on a Biblical scale directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, written by Jeanie Macpherson, cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. The principal photography took place at Culver Studios, in Culver City, CA and at Iverson Ranch, in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, CA, while the Sea of Galilee scene was shot at Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California. Starring H. B. Warner as the Christ, Joseph Schildkraut as Judas Iscariot and William Boyd (later to star in the Hopalong Cassidy film series) as Simon Of Cyrene with Rex Ingram and Ayn Rand as uncredited extras.
A few side-notes: The crucifixion scene was shot on Christmas Eve; each day of filming was followed by prayers. This was the first film shown at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and for the 1928 re-release music was composed by Hugo Riesenfeld.
By C. S. Williams