David and Bathsheba Overview:

David and Bathsheba (1951) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Henry King and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle Wheeler, George Davis; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. FoxNominated
Best CinematographyLeon ShamroyNominated
Best Costume DesignCharles LeMaire, Edward StevensonNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
Best WritingPhilip DunneNominated
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King David: That soldier who laid his hands on the Ark - he was only trying to be helpful.
Nathan: It is not for us to question the ways of the Lord.
King David: I question nothing, yet the sun was hot that day, the man had been drinking wine, all were excited when the ark began to fall. Is it not possible that the man might have died naturally from other causes?
Nathan: All causes are from God!


King David: Your sarcasm is wasted. We both know that royalty is a fraud.
Michal: It was no fraud when my father was king.
King David: And I've never denied that Saul was every inch a king.
Michal: [bitterly] And his successor every inch a fraud!
King David: I will not argue that either.


Bathsheba: Perhaps you would prefer truth to honesty, Sire.


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The infamous "Daisy" campaign ad aired for the first and only time during the September 7, 1964 telecast of this film on NBC.
Gregory Peck was chosen by producer Darryl F. Zanuck for this epic film because Zanuck thought Peck had a "biblical face".
Gregory Peck was a heavy drinker as a young actor in Hollywood. In 1949 he was hospitalized with heart spasms, and while filming David and Bathsheba he was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack. Though it turned out to be a palpitation brought on by his lifestyle and overwork, he began to drink less thereafter. However, he did not stop smoking for many more years.
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