Trivia: Held the record for being the highest-grossing Biblical movie for 48 years, until finally being surpassed by "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004.
Trivia: Even though Martha Scott played Charlton Heston's mother in this film, she was only 11 years older than Heston.
Trivia: The film shows Joshua escaping and meeting up with Moses. According to holy Jewish texts, this is not so; no one could escape Egypt at the time, what with its highly occult powers. Only Moses could lead them out. And when he did lead them out, that was when Joshua went along.
Trivia: To promote this film, MGM donated 2,000 replicas of the Stone Tablets to local civic organizations, to be placed in front of courthouses and the like. To this day, they remain controversial, the subject of an intense church-and-state debate.
Trivia: The voice of God giving the Ten Commandments is a chorus of several male voices including, principally, Charlton Heston's and Cecil B.DeMille's, recorded separately with one track laid on top of the other and altered electronically. The other voices in the chorus were those of actor and singer Delos Jewkes and Donald Hayne, DeMille's publicist/biographer.