The Queen of Sheba (1921) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Queen of Sheba (1921)



Critic Consensus: Led by Betty Blythe's luminous performance, The Queen of Sheba offers a thrilling showcase for cinema's ability to thrill and amaze.

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Betty Blythe stars as the Queen of Sheba in this historical drama. King Solomon (Fritz Lieber) and his jealous brother Adonijah (G.Raymond Nye) battle each other for control of the kingdom in this lavish production. Another spectacular scene is the chariot race where Sheba and a female rival drive their horses to the finish with relentless fervor. The chariot scenes were directed by Tom Mix, the legendary cowboy actor, and Edward J. Gordon is credited as the director, but many contributed to the finished product of this silent classic.


Betty Blythe
as Queen of Sheba
Claire de Lorez
as Queen Amrath, Wife of Solomon
Herbert Heyes
as Tamaran, Courtier of Sheba
Herschel Mayall
as Menton, Sheba's Minister of State
George Nichols
as King David
Genevieve Blinn
as Beth Sheba
Pat Moore
as Sheba's Son, Aged 4
William Hardy
as Olos, Sheba's Giant Slaue
Paul Cazeneuve
as The Envoy of the Pharaoh
Nell Craig
as The Princess of Vashti
Earl N. Crain
as Joab, a Soldier
G. Raymond Nye
as Adonijoh. Brother of Solomon
Fritz Leiber
as King Solomon
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Critic Reviews for The Queen of Sheba

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

[It] presents a swiftly moving, gracefully welded story. I can think of several places where it might have been ended with much more telling effect than with the rather dragged out finale it now boasts. But the illusion is, for the most part, complete.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

At all costs, almost literally, a spectacle has been made. It has all the prerequisites of such pageantry, and most of them are splendidly and lavishly executed, often with breathtaking enormity of design.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

It contains love scenes that have been rarely paralleled in pictures. It reaches some beautiful highlands of art in the visualizing of a remote era in civilization, with its color and pageantry, and pillared magnificence of settings.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

People who like to see armies clashing together. chariots racing, and troops of camels moving in slow silhouette against a desert sky will find them there in full measure, well staged and photographed.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

Although [Blythe] wears about as few clothes as the censor will allow, she is lovely enough to keep the role from becoming at all gross or sensual.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

A picture that will attract even those to whom motion pictures generally make no appeal.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

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