Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Articles


Gay Hollywood on TCM

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. […]


'Ben-Hur' Movie: Christian Epic Became Costliest Production & Biggest Worldwide Blockbuster in History

'Ben-Hur' movie: Ramon Novarro starred in the silent version, at the time the most expensive film production and the biggest worldwide blockbuster in history. 'Ben-Hur' movie: Semi-biblical epic starring Ramon Novarro became most expensive and most successful blockbuster in history Christmas 2015 is just around the corner. That helps to […]


Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly […]


Ramon Novarro: Gay 'Latin Lover' Was First Hispanic Hollywood Superstar

Ramon Novarro. Ramon Novarro: Mexican-born actor was first Latin American Hollywood superstar Mexican-born actor Ramon Novarro, the original Ben-Hur and one of MGM's biggest stars of the late '20s and early '30s, has his Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day on Thursday, Aug. 8. First, The Bad News: […]


Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur

Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston: Moses has his 'Summer Under the Stars' day Charlton Heston is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star on Monday, August 5, 2013. TCM will be presenting one Heston movie premiere: Guy Green's Hawaiian-set family drama Diamond Head (1963), in which Heston plays a pineapple […]


'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & Furious Epic at Historic Theater

'Ben-Hur' 1925 with Ramon Novarro: The chariot race. 'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & furious epic Los Angeles screening Directed by Fred Niblo and starring Ramon Novarro, the 1925 Ben-Hur, a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, will be screened at 8 p.m. on Wed., June 26, '13, at the historic Orpheum […]


Ramon Novarro Biography 'Beyond Paradise' in Paperback

Jeanette MacDonald, Ramon Novarro, The Cat and the Fiddle Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro is a film star biography I wrote several years ago. The book tells the story of the first Latin American performer to become a major Hollywood star, Ramon Novarro. Beyond Paradise: The Life of […]


'Ben-Hur' 1925: Ramon Novarro in Biggest Silent Blockbuster Worldwide

Ben-Hur 1925 with Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman: Masterfully edited – but deadly, on- and off-screen – chariot race. Although I am not a fan of action-adventure pictures, the 1925 version of Ben-Hur (a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) is an exception because it stars Ramon Novarro in […]


'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston vs. Ramon Novarro Comparison

Ben-Hur 1959 Charlton Heston. 'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & Ramon Novarro movies Ben-Hur, both the 1959 and 1925 versions starring, respectively, Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro, are part of a four-disc set via Warner Home Video. The 1959 epic nearly broke MGM during its production, but […]


Gay Actor Ramon Novarro Bio

Gay actor Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in 'Mata Hari.' Ramon Novarro biography: 'Beyond Paradise' The tragic story of gay actor Ramon Novarro, the first Latin American Hollywood star, is told in Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro. A top Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (and previously Metro Pictures) contract player from the […]