Release dateNovember 25, 1923 (US)
June 8, 1926 (Portugal) WriterWright Lorimer (play), Arnold Reeves (play), Virginia Tracy
The Shepherd King is a 1923 American silent religious film produced and distributed by the Fox Film Corporation. It is based on the 1904 Broadway play The Shepherd King by Wright Lorimer (1874-1911) and Arnold Reeves (1870-1935). Top Fox director J. Gordon Edwards shot the movie, a sumptuous production for sure, with a primarily Italian cast and he filmed in Middle Eastern countries such as Palestine, Jerusalem and Egypt.
The resulting movie was festooned with too many intertitles, had a nearly all foreign cast who most Americans didn't know and also came up against direct competition from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923) which told much the same story.
Violet Mersereau - Princess Michal
Edy Darclea - Princess Herab
Virginia Lucchetti - Adora, David's Adopted Sister
All prints of The Shepherd King appear to be lost as with many a Fox silent feature and if any survived past the introduction of sound in the late twenties, they most likely were destroyed in 1937 Fox Films vault fire in New Jersey. The Shepherd King is now considered a lost film.