Yul Brynner stars as the legendary figure of the Bible in King Vidor’s only contribution to this popular 1950s genre.
When aged King David (Finlay Currie) has a vision from God telling him that Solomon should succeed him as ruler of the Israelites, David heeds His word. This angers his martial brother, Adonijah (George Sanders), who threatens to wrest the throne from his younger brother.
Israel thrives under the reign of the wise king, and its success creates uneasiness among the powerful kingdoms of the region. The pharaoh conspires with Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida), granting her access to the Red Sea that she might beseige Solomon with her charm, thereby luring the ruler to his doom. Solomon is dazzled by the queen’s beauty and quickly falls under her sway.
As the king’s attention is turned away from the Lord and the welfare of his people, the country begins to deteriorate. The Lord finally expresses his displeasure with the prevailing atmosphere of licentiousness by destroying the Temple of Jehovah. The chastened Solomon grasps the error of his ways, and a transformed Sheba decides to convert to Judaism.
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|Release Date||1959, December 25|
|MPAA Rating||Not Rated|
|Format||DVD, Video on Demand|
|Writers||Anthony Veiller, Crane Wilbur, George Bruce, Paul Dudley|
|Language||English, Subtitles: Spanish|
|Production Company||Edward Small Productions|
|Distribution Company||American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Key Video, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), United Artists|
|Cast||David Farrar, Finlay Currie, George Sanders, Gina Lollobrigida, Harry Andrews, Jack Gwillim, Jean Anderson, John Crawford, Jose Nieto, Julio Pena, Lawrence Naismith, Marisa Pavan, Maruchi Fresno, William Devlin, Yul Brynner|
|Category||Biblical, Drama, Romance|