~Albert Witzel Portrait of Theda Bara~
~Plot Synopsis~
In this Theda Bara spectacular, she plays one of history's most notorious vamps. Salome, a favorite
of the Roman court, uses her feminine wiles to get anything she wants. The only man who doesn't
fall for her tricks is John the Baptist (Albert Roscoe, who played the part clean-shaven). Salome
wreaks havoc in the court until a banquet King Herod (G. Raymond Nye) holds for the captains of
his army. John the Baptist is being held prisoner at the palace and Salome once again tries to make
him succumb to her. When he turns a cold shoulder, she angrily leaves and offers to dance for
Herod as long as he rewards her with anything she wants. He agrees and she dances. When she is
done she asks for the head of John the Baptist. Even though Herod is horrified by this request, he
accedes to her demand and his head is brought out on a platter. Salome kisses the dead man's lips
and a monstrous storm rises up. Herod, believing that this is a sign from the God preached by John
the Baptist, has Salome put to death. This was Bara's biggest release since Cleopatra, released a
year earlier. Its sets were elaborate (although apparently not historically correct) and her costumes
impressive. It was the star's last hurrah before her career began its downslide.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards

Written by:
Adrian Johnson - scenario
Flavius Josephus - story

Theda Bara ...  Salome
G. Raymond Nye ...  King Herod
Alan Roscoe ...  John the Baptist (as Albert Roscoe)
Herbert Heyes ...  Sejanus
Bertram Grassby ...  Prince David
Genevieve Blinn ...  Queen Marian
Vera Doria ...  Naomi
Al Fremont ...  Galla (as Alfred Fremont)
Rex Ingram ...  (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Paramount Pictures

Distribution Company: United Artists

Produced by: William Fox
Cinematography by:
John W. Boyle
Harry W. Gerstad
George Schneiderman     
Art Direction, Production Design & Set Directions by: George James Hopkins
Costume Design by: George James Hopkins
Presenter: William Fox

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Released: August 10, 1918
Filmed on Location in Palm Canyon, California, USA