This article is from Screen Guide magazine, 1950.
This latest of Bob Taylor’s reports to Screen Guide readers brings us the exciting news that Metro is now filming some of the most important scenes of Quo Vadis. So Bob Taylor armed himself with his trusty Rolleiflex camera to bring to bring you this pictorial report of the sets, scenes and stars he snapped on location. Instead of a long written report Bob’s done it all with pictures but we’ve included his caption comments, too.
Shooting these pictures was not the easy task one might imagine, for while Bob was busily snapping away between scenes he was laden down with the weighty Roman armor he wears in the film! And many times he had to climb up to some precarious perch to attain the desired angle for shooting a picture for our readers.
Still awed by the pomp and ceremony of the Roman era on which the sets are based, Bob couldn’t resist bringing Screen Guide readers photos of the costumes and spectacular sets used in Quo Vadis. He snapped the circus of Nero set, too, where Christians of that day were tortured before being put to death. More than 6,000 Italian extras were employed to appear in this big scene and Bob tells us that the lions, fighting bulls and cheetahs were actually imported from Africa and especially trained for their roles in the Metro picture.
Although production on the film is now a week ahead of schedule and filming is exciting, Bob is anxious to come home.