The Conqueror is the story of the worst casting choice since some jackass decided to put Clooney in the Batsuit. Yellowface Film Review #8: The Conqueror. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan. Hollywood icon John Wayne stars as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan in the lavish period epic The Conqueror . John Wayne on the set of The Conqueror with a Geiger counter. CONQUEROR, THE (director: Dick Powell; screenwriters: from the book by J. Clou /Oscar Millard; cinematographers: Joseph LaShelle/William E. Snyder/Leo Tover/Harry J. An amazing 50s cast has never been more delightfully misused than the unfortunate stars of THE CONQUEROR. Photograph: Supplied ... a Mexican actor who played Khan’s right-hand man, Jamuga, shot … Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Directed by Dick Powell. Wild; editor: Stuart Gilmore; music: Victor Young; cast: John Wayne (Temujin, later Genghis Khan), Susan Hayward (Bortai), Pedro Armendáriz (Jamuga), Thomas Gomez (Wang Khan), Agnes Moorehead (Hunlun), John Hoyt … Jamuga brings water and food, but he’s also tracked by the posse, who quickly find and drag Temujin to Kumlek’s base in stocks. Pedro Armendariz belies criticism in a deft, credible performance as Temujin's BFF Jamuga, and the great Agnes Moorehead has a commanding presence which almost gives veracity to her ridiculous lines of dialogue. Seeing her hubby tormented by her mean father, Bortai develops genuine affection for the conqueror, and after he’s freed, plays dumb to his escape. With John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz, Agnes Moorehead. In the historical epic The Conqueror, John Wayne stars as Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan. The Conqueror (1956) This Howard Hughes production stands as one of the most infamous films ever made, thanks to a remarkable confluence of on-screen absurdity and suspected off-screen tragedy. The Conqueror, Susan Hayward. 1 Reply. Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes ( Hell’s Angels ), the directorial debut of actor Dick Powell ( Christmas in July ) features a cast of thousands … Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features The film opens with Temujin, as Genghis was originally known, intercepting a wedding procession of Merkits. The Conqueror (1956) ... Susan Hayward though is a fiery presence and, along with Hispanic actor Pedro Armendariz as Temujin’s blood-brother Jamuga, is by some distance the best thing in the film. Overview of The Conqueror, 1956, directed by Dick Powell, with John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, at Turner Classic Movies The Conqueror, a putative love story involving Genghis Khan’s lust for the beautiful princess Bortai (Hayward), was a classic Hollywood big budget fiasco, one of many financed by would-be movie mogul Howard Hughes.