Thursday, October 21, 2021

By the Gods!

Balkis, Queen of Sheba (Leonora Ruffo) eyes Prince Rehoboam of Jerusalem (Gino Leurini) in THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1952)

Directed by Pietro Francisci, director of HERCULES (1958), this movie is as fun and colourful as the more famous one. It's like the template to the Steve Reeves movie, including identical locations. I'm a big fan of this movie. And there's a clip of it in HD from a TV broadcast in Italy. The movie was always available in decent copies so the HD version looks great but it's not as big a revelation as other titles. The original Italian version is much longer than the US one, with many scenes cut. I'll have to make an article on this.


Anonymous said...

This is a really fascinating movie. One of the scenes cut from all the prints I have seen are Leonora Ruffo's bathtub scene and yet I have several stills of it. Do you know which version it is in?

Scott Ochiltree said...

THE QUEEN OF SHEBA is indeed a really first class Peplum.

Leonora did a great acting job.

PEPLUM TV said...

I’ve never come across a bathtub scene. There’s already a bathing scene in it but outside not in a bathtub.