If you can tolerate the hokeyness and appreciate the unabashed sado-masochism and bondage fantasies, you’re likely to find this 1949 feature one of Cecil B. De Mille’s most enjoyable sword-and-sandal epics, delivered with his characteristic showmanship.
One of Groucho Marx’s most famous wisecracks noted the disparity in the chest development of the movie’s two stars. Still, Mature and Lamarr are excellently suited to play world-historical lovers. Given his naïve overconfidence, her seductive wiles and their massive mutual narcissism, they’d have been well matched in a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” — provided, of course, that it was silent.