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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) was a Silent Films - Drama Film directed by J.J. Cohn and Rex Ingram and produced by Louis B. Mayer.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

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Forty-eight cameras were used to film the sea battle, a record for a single scene.
Future stars Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and Myrna Loy were uncredited extras in the chariot race scenes. Crawford and Loy also played slave girls.
At one point during the Italian shoot, Francis X. Bushman was offered the job of directing the picture which he readily declined. He stated that he told the head office (MGM Culver City) to get the production back to Los Angeles or they would never get it completed. Bushman had been in Italy for the film from 1923-1925.
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National Film Registry

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Released 1925
Inducted 1997
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Also directed by Fred Niblo




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Also produced by Louis B. Mayer




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