Review: ‘The Conqueror’

Just so there will be no misunderstanding about The Conqueror, a foreword baldly states that it is fiction, although with some basis in fact. With that warning out of the way, the viewer can sit back and thoroughly enjoy a huge, brawling, sex-and-sand actioner purporting to show how a 12th Century Mongol leader became known as Genghis Khan.

Just so there will be no misunderstanding about The Conqueror, a foreword baldly states that it is fiction, although with some basis in fact. With that warning out of the way, the viewer can sit back and thoroughly enjoy a huge, brawling, sex-and-sand actioner purporting to show how a 12th Century Mongol leader became known as Genghis Khan.

The marquee value of the John Wayne-Susan Hayward teaming more than offsets any incongruity of the casting, which has him as the Mongol leader and she as the Tartar princess he captures and forcibly takes as mate.

Co-starring with Wayne and Hayward is excellent Mexican actor, Pedro Armendariz, who makes believable his role of Wayne’s blood-brother and is an important essential in the entertainment.

The s.a. pitch is in a harem dance choreographed by Robert Sidney, in which a covey of lookers give the appearance of being almost completely bare while gyrating to the Oriental strains of Victor Young’s firstrate music.

The Conqueror

Production

RKO. Director Dick Powell; Producer Dick Powell; Screenplay Oscar Millard; Camera Joseph LaShelle, Leo Tover, Harry J. Wild, William Snyder; Editor Robert Ford, Kennie Marstella; Music Victor Young;; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

John Wayne Susan Hayward Pedro Armendariz Agnes Moorehead Thomas Gomez William Conrad
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