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The Queen of Sheba (1921 film)

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Director  J. Gordon Edwards
Producer  William Fox
Country  United States
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Drama
Cinematography  John W. Boyle
The Queen of Sheba (1921 film) movie poster
Cast  Betty Blythe (Queen of Sheba), Fritz Leiber (King Solomon), Claire de Lorez (Queen Amrath), George Siegmann (King Armud of Sheba)
Language  Silent film English intertitles
Release date  April 10, 1921 (1921-04-10)
Writer  J. Gordon Edwards, Virginia Tracy (story)
Genres  Silent film, Black-and-white, Indie film
Similar movies  Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Tagline  Gigantic Spectacle and Story of the World's Greatest Love

The Queen of Sheba (1921) is a silent drama film produced by Fox studios about the story of the ill-fated romance between Solomon, King of Israel, and the Queen of Sheba. Written and directed by J. Gordon Edwards, it starred Betty Blythe as the Queen and Fritz Leiber, Sr. as King Solomon. The film is well known amongst silent film buffs for the risqué costumes worn by Blythe, as evidenced by several surviving stills taken during the production. This was a rarity in mainstream Hollywood films at the time. Only a short fragment of the film survives.


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  • Betty Blythe as Queen of Sheba
  • Fritz Leiber as King Solomon
  • Claire de Lorez as Queen Amrath
  • George Siegmann as King Armud of Sheba
  • Herbert Heyes as Tamaran
  • Herschell Mayall as Menton
  • G. Raymond Nye as Adonijah
  • George Nichols as King David
  • Genevieve Blinn as Beth-Sheba
  • Pat Moore as Sheba's son
  • Joan Gordon as Nomis, Sheba's sister
  • William Hardy as Olos
  • Paul Cazeneuve as Pharaoh's Envoy
  • John Cosgrove as King of Tyre
  • Nell Craig as Princess Vashti
  • Al Fremont as Army Captain
  • Earl Crain as Joab
  • Al Hoxie as Charioteer (uncredited)
  • Robert Livingston (uncredited)
  • Production

    The Queen of Sheba (1921 film) Betty Blythe in one of her many nearnude costumes in the 1921 film

    The film was originally intended for Theda Bara. However Bara chose not to renew her contract and, after making the ill-fated Kathleen Mavourneen, all but retired from film. While making Mavourneen, construction began on sets for The Queen of Sheba. Not wanting it to go to waste, William Fox chose to put Betty Blythe in the role. The film became a hit but Blythe never matched its success with her later films.

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    The topless scenes filmed in this movie were seen only in European release versions of the movie.


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    The film is presumed lost. A 1937 New Jersey vault fire destroyed most of the Fox silent film negatives and prints, and it is unlikely a copy of The Queen of Sheba exists. However, in May 2011, a 17-second fragment was found, and initially mistakenly identified as from Cleopatra (1917), though comparison with stills from the movie have since led to it being identified correctly.

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