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The King of Kings (1927) was a Silent Films - Historical Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille.

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Cecil B. DeMille intended that the role of the Jesus Christ go to J.B. Warner, a handsome and popular actor in westerns at the time. By the time production began, Warner had passed away of tuberculosis at age 29. Instead, H.B. Warner (Henry B. Warner) was cast as Jesus. Contrary to popular misconception, the two were not actually brothers. According to an in-depth article on J.B. Warner "Classic Images" by Grange B. McKinney, the two were not even related. J.B.'s real name was James B. Tobias, and he adopted the surname of Warner after H.B. Warner's family took him in and raised him. This familial error appears in several reference books.
H.B. Warner, who played Jesus, was involved in a real life scandal with an anonymous woman who was determined to blackmail Cecil B. DeMille by ruining the production. It is believed that DeMille paid the woman on the condition that she leave the U.S.
After considering Seena Owen, Gloria Swanson, Gertrude Lawrence, Vilma Bánky and Raquel Meller for the role of Mary Magdelene, Cecil B. DeMille chose Jacqueline Logan after she told him, "I don;t want to play her as a bad woman, but as a woman who doesn't know the difference between right and wrong."
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