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King Solomon's Mines (1937)

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White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

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Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. After surviving the desert they are found by natives and brought to their chief, Twala. Umbopa reveals himself to be the true heir to the tribal throne, having been exiled years earlier by Twala and the tribal witch, Gagool. Quartermain's only hope to gain access to the mines and the possible rescue of O'Brien is to try to help Umbopa regain his rightful place as chief. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The film changes Allan Quatermain's name to Allan Quartermain. It is because of this film, in which Anna Lee appears, that one of the characters in the soap opera "General Hospital" was named Allan Quartermain. Anna Lee, who played Lila Quartermain, the matriarch of the family on the show, requested it. See more »

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As the party climbs the mountains, Umbopa appears to be wearing shoes in some shots. See more »

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Patrick 'Patsy' O'Brien: Well, you never know what you can do 'til you try.
Allan Quartermaine: While you're trying, your poor sister's peacefully passing away in Kilkenny.
Kathleen 'Kathy' O'Brien: Allan Quartermain, it was a lie about me father's sister.
Allan Quartermaine: I know. I've met the Irish before.
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Excellent first version of this story
7 October 2004 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I have just seen this adventure movie for the first time and found it very enjoyable.

A hunter and his guide set out across the desert to search for King Solomon's Mines so he can get hold of the treasure. A party, including his daughter who is worried about him follows him and after confronting a dust storm and running out of water, they reach there. Natives find them and after a battle for the throne, the mines are eventually reached and the young woman is reunited with her dad. A volcano erupts and they manage to escape and set off for home, accompanied by 100 natives for the journey across the desert as a thank you for helping the native leader get his throne back.

The movie features an excellent performance by Paul Robeson, whose songs help the movie along nicely. This also stars Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young and Anna Lee. The special effects were good for their time, especially the cave scenes with the volcano.

This movie has since been remade several times and the best version is the 1950 one with Stuart Granger, which I also have in my movie collection.

This movie is worth checking out. Great fun.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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