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)

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: 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.

Joab: Sire?
King David: Hmmm?
Joab: You're wounded. Let me call for a physician.
King David: No, no, let it alone. It's a long time since I've shed any blood. It's good to have proof that it still runs in my veins.

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

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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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