The Sign of the Cross


Director/producer Cecil de Mille's usual concern with pleasing religious audiences took a back seat to his love of spectacle in this presentation of early Christianity (and paganism) in Rome. Catholic movie-morals activist Will Hays was unable to temper the film's celebrations of sensuality and the dismay of Catholic leaders contributed to the formation of the Legion of Decency and the Motion Picture Production Code.

Source: Les and Barbara Keyser, Hollywood and the Catholic Church: The Image of Roman Catholicism in American Movies (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1984).