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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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The second paragraph of Quartermain's diary entry for Monday 15th begins: "Four over four weeks we have toiled northwards ..." See more »

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Cmdr. Good: [commenting on Umbopa's abdominal tattoo] I always thought that fellow had a drop of royal blood in him! You don't get a snake on your stomach for nothing, you know!
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Rousing Climax
31 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of the Many Versions, this British Production is Somewhat Dated but not without Charm and Adventure. Once things get going it is Truly an Adventure Filled with Dangers and Diabolical Natives.

This wasn't the Best of Prints and some of the Images looked Very Dark and Blurry but Enough Remained to be Watchable. The Final Act is Undoubtedly the Best with Standout Scenery and some really Scary Natives. Their Attire and Demeanor is Striking and Unsettling.

Paul Robeson is Often Touted as Enhancing the Story with His Three Songs but they seem out of Place and Pretty Corny. "Mountain, you mountain, mountain, you mountain." But Even if You don't find that kind of Stuff Appealing there is Much to Like in this Rousing Adventure that has an Outstanding Climax.


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