Cinema: New Picture, Aug. 20, 1951

David and Bathsheba (20th Century-Fox), apparently inspired by the phenomenal box-office take ($11 million in its first year) of Samson and Delilah, sends Hollywood back to the Bible for another censor-proof tale of a strong man's weakness for a beautiful woman. Like the Cecil B. DeMille opus, the new epic is a Technicolored potion concocted from equal parts of sex, spectacle and religion. But Producer Darryl F. Zanuck's mixture, neither so rich nor so heady as its predecessor, comes dangerously close to serving as a sleeping potion.

David and Bathsheba takes itself much more seriously than Samson and Delilah. Scripter Philip Dunne...

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