Ben Hur (1907)

7 December 1907

Writer:

Gene Gauntier

Production Company:

Kalem Co.
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HISTORY

The film was copyrighted under the title The Chariot Race. Lew Wallace's novel was also the basis for two feature-length films entitled Ben-Hur, both produced by M-G-M. A 1925 adaptation was directed by Fred Niblo and starred Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman; the 1959 version was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and 1951-60). ...

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The film was copyrighted under the title The Chariot Race. Lew Wallace's novel was also the basis for two feature-length films entitled Ben-Hur, both produced by M-G-M. A 1925 adaptation was directed by Fred Niblo and starred Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman; the 1959 version was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and 1951-60).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
LCMP
Errata and Addenda Sheet
LCPP
p. 174
MPW
7 Dec 1907
p. 649ta, 651tr, 654tl
MPW
9 May 1908
p. 415ar
NIC
1 Sep 1909
pp. 81-82ar
NYC
16 May 1908
p. 350ar
NYC
27 Mar 1909
p. 161ar
NYDM
13 Mar 1909
p. 16ar
NYDM
27 Mar 1909
p. 13ar
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 251
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Ben-Hur, a Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace (New York, 1880).
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Release Date:
7 December 1907
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Kalem Co.
22 November 1905
H102798
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
1,000
Country:
United States
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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7 December 1907, Kalem Co.
The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.