Production info

The Shepherd King
USA, 1923

Violet Mersereau, Virginia Lucchetti, Edy Darclea
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards


"Old King Tut would marvel at The Shepherd King."

American silent religious film based on the 1904 Broadway play The Shepherd King by Wright Lorimer (1874-1911) and Arnold Reeves (1870-1935). It tells the biblical story of David, who defeats the Phillistines and becomes king. Though this biblical story is not set in Egypt, the advertising for this film shows the sphinx and the pyramids at Giza and ran the tagline "King Tut would marvel at The Shepherd King". Unfortunately, no prints survive today to be able verify it actutally had any ancient Egyptian content. The King Shepherd had direct competition from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments from the same year, which tells the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt and was more successful.

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