The Queen of Sheba (film)

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Queen of Sheba
Poster for the film.
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards
Produced by William Fox
Written by J. Gordon Edwards, Virginia Tracy
Starring Betty Blythe
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s)
  • April 10, 1921 (1921-04-10)
Running time 9 reels
Country U.S.
Language Silent film
English intertitles

The Queen of Sheba (1921) is a silent film produced by Fox studios about the story of the ill-fated romance between Solomon, King of Israel, and the Queen of Sheba. Written and directed by J. Gordon Edwards, it starred Betty Blythe as the Queen and Fritz Leiber, Sr. as King Solomon. The film is well known amongst silent film buffs for the risqué costumes worn by Blythe, as evidenced by several surviving stills taken during the production. This was a rarity in mainstream Hollywood films at the time. Only a short fragment of the film survives.



The film was originally intended for Theda Bara. However Bara chose not to renew her contract and, after making the ill-fated Kathleen Mavourneen, all but retired from film. While making Mavourneen, construction began on sets for The Queen of Sheba. Not wanting it to go to waste, William Fox chose to put Betty Blythe in the role. The film became a hit but Blythe never matched its success with her later films.

The topless scenes filmed in this movie were seen only in European release versions of the movie.

Fritz Leiber and Betty Blythe in The Queen of Sheba


The film is presumed lost.[1] A 1937 New Jersey vault fire destroyed most of the Fox silent film negatives and prints, and it is unlikely a copy of The Queen of Sheba exists. However, in May 2011, a 17-second fragment was found, and initially mistakenly identified as from Cleopatra (1917), though comparison with stills from the movie have since led to it being identified correctly.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Queen of Sheba". 
  2. ^ "So Is this for Real?". forum.  See image comparison.

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