Sins of Jezebel

Sins of Jezebel is a 1953 American historical drama film produced by Sigmund Neufeld and directed by Reginald Le Borg. It stars Paulette Goddard as Jezebel, the biblical queen of the northern kingdom of Israel during the 9th century BC. The film was shot in Ansco Color for widescreen projection.[2][3]

Sins of Jezebel
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReginald Le Borg
Produced bySigmund Neufeld
Written byRichard H. Landau
Based onBooks of Kings
Books of Chronicles
StarringPaulette Goddard
George Nader
Eduard Franz
John Hoyt
Narrated byJohn Hoyt
Music byBert Shefter
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Edited byCarl Pierson
Jezebel Productions
Distributed byLippert Pictures
Release date
  • October 23, 1953 (1953-10-23) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 9th century BC Israel, the prophet Elijah advises king Ahab not to marry Jezebel, an idolatrous princess of Phoenicia. Ahab sends for Jezebel, however, and commands Jehu, his captain, to escort her caravan safely to Jezreel. Once Jehu meets Jezebel, he immediately becomes attracted to her and she confuses him for Ahab. Jezebel finally arrives at Jezreel and is greeted by Ahab who, stunned by her beauty, provides her with an individual chamber until they marry. On her wedding night, Jezebel evades Ahab and pursues Jehu, whom she seduces.

Jezebel establishes the cult of Baal, her idol, in Israel and builds a temple. Jehovah, the God of the Israelites, delivers drought upon Israel because of the idolatry and sends his prophet Elijah to reprimand the people. Elijah prays to Jehovah and the drought ends.



Paulette Goddard was signed to star in the film on April 22, 1953.[4] Margia Dean was cast as Deborah on May 11.[5] The film began shooting on May 13.[5] Interior scenes were shot at KTTV Studios[6] and exterior scenes were shot at Corriganville Ranch.


Critical reception

Sins of Jezebel received mixed reviews from critics. The News and Eastern Townships Advocate described the film as "a spectacular Robert L. Lippert, Jr. production in gorgeous new Ansco Color."[7] The Toledo Blade also praised the film's color cinematography, but questioned the film's low budget by writing, "the desire was strong, but the cash was weak."[8]

As for the film's cast, The News and Eastern Townships Advocate praised Goddard's "fascinating performance" as she was "ideally cast" as Jezebel,[7] and The Toledo Blade commended the "competent job" of John Hoyt as Elijah.[8]

See also


  1. Parish, James Robert (1972). The Paramount Pretties. Arlington House Publishers. p. 390.
  2. Variety's Film Reviews: 1949-1953. R.R. Bowker. 1989. ISBN 0835227863.
  3. Hooper, Steele (May 5, 1954). "Hooper's Report: Guide to the Movies". Times Daily. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  4. "Paulette Goddard as 'Jezebel'". Variety. April 23, 1953.
  5. "Dean Draws 'Sins' Role". Variety. May 12, 1953.
  6. "Sins of Jezebel (1953) - Original Print Information". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. "At The Imperial: "Jezebel" Color Spectacle Stars Paulette Goddard In Title Role". The News and Eastern Townships Advocate. January 14, 1954. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. Woodbury, Mitch (January 16, 1954). "Mitch Woodbury Reports on New Princess Headliner, "Sins of Jezebel"". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
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