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Friday, March 30, 2012

Noah’s Ark (1928) Dolores Costello, George O’Brien

Noah’s Ark (1928) Dolores Costello, George O’Brien silent drama

Noah’s Ark (1928) American early romantic melodramatic disaster film directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Darryl F. Zanuck. The film starred Dolores Costello and George O'Brien. Released by Warner Bros. studio, the film was representative of the transition from silent movies to "talkies", although it was essentially a kind of film known as a part-talkie, utilizing new (at that time) Vitaphone sound-on-disc technology.

Some scenes are silent, in particular the biblical ones, while others have sound.

During the filming of the climactic flood scene, the great volume of water used was so overwhelming that three extras drowned, one was so badly injured that his leg needed to be amputated, and a number suffered broken limbs and other serious injuries, which led to implementation of stunt safety regulations the following year. Dolores Costello caught a severe case of pneumonia.

John Wayne and Andy Devine were among the hundreds of extras in the flood scene. Wayne also worked in the prop department for the film.

Portions of the movie were filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., and the location was incorporated into an iconic special effects shot that opens the film. The shot depicts the massive ark "beached" on the giant boulders of the movie ranch's Garden of the Gods, which later would become famous for appearances in hundreds of movies including John Ford's Stagecoach (1939).

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Release date: November 1, 1928 (US silent version); June 15, 1929 (US sound version)
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