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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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Author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre became friendly with many of the cast and crew while in Rome revising his book "The Great Gatsby". They attended a cast/crew dinner on Christmas Eve, honoring director Fred Niblo and his wife Enid Bennett. Zelda, among others, signed one of the dinner menus, which became the possession of Carmel Myers, who played Iras in the film. The menu is now in the archives of the University of South Carolina library.
Producer Irving Thalberg was short of "hedonist slave girls", so he called up Hal Roach and Mack Sennett to ask a favor: to loan out their famous "Bathing Beauties". They were happy to oblige, as many girls were making their film debuts. Among the group of 20 or so girls who eventually appeared in the film: Janet Gaynor, Carole Lombard, Fay Wray and Joyzelle Joyner.
When the production was foundering, studio boss Irving Thalberg replaced director Charles Brabin with Fred Niblo.
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National Film Registry

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Released 1925
Inducted 1997
(Silent)




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