Metro-Goldwn-Mayer was happy in 1951 to assist war-ravaged Italy in bolstering its sagging economy with this $7 million toga and sandal saga. Marcus Vinicius, a returning war hero, runs afoul of evil and maniacal Roman Emperor Nero when he falls for a beautiful red-headed Christian noblewoman. The struggle between the Romans and Christians culminates with a dramatic stand in the arena and the burning of the city of Rome. The movie starred Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov. One of the 30,000 extrras in the background would soon become the world’s most famous sexpot. Sophia Loren.