Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 30, 1953

Salome (Beckworth Corp.; Columbia) tries—with small success—to set the historical record straight on the story of Salome. According to the Biblical version, Princess Salome of Galilee was a willing accomplice in the beheading of John the Baptist because of his preachings against her adulterous mother, Queen Herodias and her stepfather, King Herod. As the movie has it: Salome (Rita Hayworth) was just a nice, healthy girl over whom men lost their heads—figuratively rather than literally. And she danced her famous dance of the seven veils not to lure Herod into serving up the...

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