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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Bathsheba: [as David tries to kiss her in an open field] No, David! The boy! He'll see us!
King David: [David looks at the shepherd boy] No matter. Shepherd boys learn early about life.
Bathsheba: Did you, David?
King David: Did I what?
Bathsheba: Learn about life early?
King David: Before I was 12, I knew everything there was to know about life. At 12 I'd killed wolves... at 13 a man.


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.


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!


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Gregory Peck was chosen by producer Darryl F. Zanuck for this epic film because Zanuck thought Peck had a "biblical face".
The infamous "Daisy" campaign ad aired for the first and only time during the September 7, 1964 telecast of this film on NBC.
The full scale replica of the Ark of the Covenant used in the film was constructed of oiled acacia wood. This prop would be purchased many years later at a 20th Century Fox studio auction by Susan Hayward.
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