Shepherd King (1923)

Run Time - 96 min.  |  
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After being made into a stage play by Wright Lorimer and Arnold Reeves, the Old Testament story of David was adapted for the screen. Director J. Gordon Edwards spent over a year in Palestine, Jerusalem and Egypt filming, with a primarily Italian cast. Unfortunately all this effort was in vain, as there were too many title cards and not enough thrills. In addition, it had heavy competition due to the concurrent release of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. The only name familiar to Americans was actress Violet Mersereau, who starred as Princess Michal. When Saul, the first king of Judea (Guido Trento) disobeys the Lord's command and begins preparing too early to battle the Philistines, the Prophet Samuel (Adriano Bocanera) tells him he will lose his throne. Samuel selects David (Nerio Bernardi) to become king and all of Saul's attempts to get rid of him are in vain. David slays Goliath (Samuel Balestra) and battles the Philistines victoriously. Saul and his son Jonathan (Ferrucio Biancini) are war casualties, and David is proclaimed king. For his wife, he takes Michal, Saul's daughter.