A Story of David

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A Story of David
Directed by Bob McNaught
Produced by William Goetz
Starring Jeff Chandler
Basil Sydney
Peter Arne
Release date
18 November 1962 (US TV)
Country United Kingdom

A Story of David is a 1961 British-Israeli drama film directed by Bob McNaught and starring Jeff Chandler, Basil Sydney and Peter Arne.[1] It depicts the life of the Biblical King David and his conflicted relationship with King Saul.

It was one of the first made for TV movies.[2]



The film was a co-production between ABC-TV and William Goetz. It was shot in Israel and London. [3] During filming Chandler met David Ben Gurion.

It was intended that the film be released as two one-hour episodes for TV in the US and as a feature in other countries. [3] Part one was to be called David the Outlaw; part two David the Hunted.[4]


ABC could not find a sponsor for the program. It eventually screened on ABC as a Sunday night movie in 1962.[5] The movie drew record high ratings and prompted ABC to commission a series Great Bible Stories.[6]


  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/51884
  2. ^ Two-Part Show Is One Worth Look Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Nov 1963: C14.
  3. ^ a b Renewal at Allied for Jeff Chandler: 'Plunderers' Pleases Studio; Star Urges Subsidy for Films Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 4 October 1960: A9.
  4. ^ TV King David Is a Diplomat, Too Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 21 Aug 1960: sw18
  5. ^ Biblical Special, 'David' to Screen Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 Nov 1962: D18.
  6. ^ NEWS OF TV AND RADIO: Perennial Best Seller Will Be Source Of New A.B.C. Series Other Items By RICHARD F. SHEPARD. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 June 1963: 75.

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