In the 50s, Hollywood developed a penchant for biblical tales, including King of Kings , The Ten Commandments and Quo Vadis. Henry King’s somewhat forgotten film David And Bathsheba deserves to rank alongside them, with Gregory Peck as King David and Susan Hayward as the beautiful Bathsheba, for whose adulterous love David risks his throne, country and even the wrath of God.
Told in occasional flashback, the film sees him conquer Goliath (Walter Talun) and lead his armies to victory before the prophet Nathan (Raymond Massey) brings the word of Jehovah and His judgement, which sees David atone for his sins. Stunningly shot with thrilling battle scenes balanced by intimate interplay between the two leads, this rightly ranks alongside the epics of the time.
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 116 minutes / 1952 Technicolor
Writer: Philip Dunne / Music: Alfred Newman / Cinematography: Leon Shamroy / Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck / Director: Henry King
Cast: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, James Robertson Justice, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore, John Sutton, Dennis Hoey, George Zucco,
Academy Award Nominations: Phillip Dunne, Leon Shamroy, Alfred Newman