Saturday, September 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 16

The movie "The Robe" was released in theaters on September 16, 1953.

Release of “The Robe” Movie

Billed as the “First motion picture in CinemaScope – The modern miracle you see without glasses!” The Robe was released on this day in 1953. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by Lloyd Douglas. Douglas said that the reason that he wrote the novel in the first place was to answer the question, “What happened to the Roman soldier who won Jesus’ robe through a dice game?” The epic starred Richard Burrton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie. The film earned an estimated $17.5 million in North America, which warranted it for a sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators which released the following year and to date is the only biblical epic with a sequel.