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Solomon and Sheba Details


Romance, treachery, intrigue and spiritual awakenings abound in the Biblical film adaptation of Solomon and Sheba. Trouble begins between two brothers when poet Solomon (Yul Brynner) is chosen to be next in line to the throne by King David of Israel. His warrior brother Adonijah (George Sanders) is livid when Solomon becomes king. While Israel prospers under Solomon, Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) conspires with the Egyptians to topple Israel. She is ambitious and seductive and finally gets Solomon to fall in love with her. When a pagan dance ritual turns into an orgy, the people turn against Solomon when the Temple of Jehovah is struck by lightning. After the righteous Solomon has fallen from the grace of God, Sheba renounces her pagan Gods and converts to Judaism. A cast of thousands depict the raging battle between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Directed by King Vidor at the cost of five million dollars, production was delayed when the original choice for the role of Solomon (Tyrone Power) died during the making of the film. Many scenes had to be redone with his replacement, Yul Brynner. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Yul Brynner
as Solomon
Gina Lollobrigida
as Magda, Queen of Sheba
George Sanders
as Adonijah
Marisa Pavan
as Abishag
David Farrar
as Pharaoh
John Crawford
as Joab
Harry Andrews
as Baltor
Laurence Naismith
as Hezrai
Jose Nieto
as Ahab
Alejandro Rey
as Sittar
Maruchi Fresno
as Bathsheba
William Devlin
as Nathan
Felix de Pomes
as Egyptian General
Jean Anderson
as Takyan
Finlay Currie
as King David
Jack Gwyllim
as Josiah


King Vidor
King Vidor
Ted Richmond
Anthony Veiller
George Bruce
Paul Dudley
Crane Wilbur
Screen Story
Freddie Young
Mario Nascimbene
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Otto Ludwig
Alfred Sweeney
Art Director
Richard Day
Art Director