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Directed by Michael Curtiz
Dolores Costello as Marie alias Miriam
George O'Brien as Travis alias Japheth
Noah Beery Sr. as Nickoloff alias King Nephiliu
Louise Fazenda as Hilda alias Tavern Maid
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams as Al alias Ham
Paul McAllister as Minister Noah
Myrna Loy as Dancer Slave Girl
Anders Randolf as Leader of Soldiers
Armand Kaliz as Leader of the King's Guard
William V. Mong as Innkeeper
Malcolm Waite as The Blakan alias Shem
Nigel De Brulier as High Priest
Noble Johnson as Broker
Otto Hoffman as Trader
John Wayne as Flood Extra
Andy Devine as Flood Extra
Noah's Ark is a blend between telling the biblical tale with modern day parallels. Starting with the building of the Tower of Babel and the creation of the Golden Calf, and then transitioning to the shooting of an unsympathetic stockbroker by a bankrupted trader. Noah's Ark continues using parallels between World War I and the Great Flood.
The modern part of the movie focuses on a group of unlikely people thrown together when their train derails. Their plight leads them to a small cabin, where their various roles in life lead them to quarrel. Before the fight can escalate too far, French soldiers find the group and inform them that war has broken out. Several members of the group join the fighting and eventually reunite later. A minister then compares the war to the flood of the world in the story of Noah's Ark, and the movie switches to its second setting, with the same actors playing different roles in history.
Noah's Ark was scheduled for a silent release in 1927, however some talking parts were added and the film wound up being released in late 1928.
Look for uncredited appearances by John Wayne and Andy Devine as flood victims.
Noah's Ark was re-released in 1957 with narration added, but at a reduced length of 75 minutes.
The original 135 minute version of Noah's Ark is believed to be lost. So far UCLA has been able to restore the film to a version 100 minutes in length.
Three extras drowned while filming the flood scene.
Cameraman Hal Mohr objected to how the flood scene was to be shot. He felt it would put extras in harm's way. He was overruled, and he quit the film. The directors went ahead with their vision which resulted in 3 deaths, one amputation, and many broken bones from the scene.
Noah's Ark's leading lady, Dolores Costello, developed pneumonia for being in the water for too long after shooting the flood scene.
Guinn Williams injured two ribs shooting the flood scene.
Director Michael Curtiz would go on to become one of the most prolific directors of the next decade, directing 44 films between 1930 and 1939. Noah's Ark was his directorial debut.
Dolores Costello, the leading lady of Noah's Ark is the grandmother of Drew Barrymore.