The focus of the piece was the chariot race , which was filmed on a beach in New Jersey with local firemen playing the charioteers and the horses that normally pulled the fire wagons pulling the chariots. Accompanying the text were color illustrations by Sigismond Ivanowski. Actor William S.
Hart , soon after to became a famous silent film cowboy, reprises his role as Messala from the Broadway premiere and season Broadway play. Herman Rottger is Ben-Hur against Hart's Messala in the play William Farnum , another soon to be famous silent cowboy, portrayed the character.
The film is noteworthy as a precedent in copyright law. The movie was made without the permission of the author's estate, which was common practice at that time. The screenwriter, Gene Gauntier , remarked in her autobiography how the film industry at that time infringed upon everything.
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