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11 Hollywood Movies with Unexpected Mormon Connections


9. The Ten Commandments (1956)

11 Hollywood Movies with Unexpected Mormon Connections

There are two LDS men connected to this classic movie: artist Arnold Friberg and actor/singer Jesse Delos Jewkes.

Director Cecil B. DeMille hired Friberg after Swedish publisher Herman Stolpe showed him Friberg's paintings. DeMille was so impressed with The Finger of the Lord (Friberg's depiction of the Brother of Jared in amazement of the finger of God) that it became the inspiration for Moses's costume in the burning bush scene. Friberg received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the film. Jewkes, known for his amazing bass voice, was chosen to perform the uncredited voice of God in the film. 

Jewkes sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the 1920s and was a featured basso profundo soloist with the Choir. He performed in radio, operas, Vaudeville, and other theater productions, eventually making his way to Hollywood just as the film industry was beginning to experiment with sound in movies. He appeared in several short films and steadily built a career that landed him in major productions alongside legends like Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, and Red Skelton.

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