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King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Passed  -  Adventure | Romance | Action  -  24 November 1950 (USA)
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Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

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Hugo Haas ...
Van Brun aka Smith
Lowell Gilmore ...
Eric Masters
Kimursi ...
Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Siriaque ...
Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
Sekaryongo ...
Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Baziga ...
King Twala (as Baziga of the Watussi Tribe)
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Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals, they fall in love. Will they find the lost husband and finish the nice connection? Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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24 November 1950 (USA)  »

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König Salomons Diamanten  »

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Stewart Granger had the first director Compton Bennett sacked as they couldn't get along and the shooting was going nowhere. The next director Andrew Marton, being a man's man, hit it off instantly with Mr. Granger. See more »

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The rifle that Quatermain finds on top of the mountain (Curtis's rifle) is a Winchester model of 1895. Given of period of the story, 1897, such a rifle could not have been in Africa. See more »

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Allan Quatermain: ...in the end you begin to accept it all... you watch things hunting and being hunted, reproducing, killing and dying, it's all endless and pointless, except in the end one small pattern emerges from it all, the only certainty: one is born, one lives for a time then one dies, that is all...
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The film that changed America's view of Africa
30 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've always maintained that this version of King Solomon's Mines along with The African Queen changed forever the face of Africa for the American audience. Our ideas of Africa were mainly developed by the Africa we saw created on studio back-lots for 20 years.

MGM had tried before to show a realistic Africa in Trader Horn, but the cost was prohibitive and the film never recouped the expense of making it, especially during the Depression. Audiences after World War II wanted a little more realism in their cinema. Fantasy they got from that machine they starting staring into in 1947 in their living rooms.

They also selected an excellent book to film. H. Rider Haggard had spent some years in the British Colonial Service in Africa. He was a pretty good observer of what was around him, even though his writing is tinged with the white man's burden attitude so common in the 19th Century.

The film is not a faithful adaption of Haggard's work, but it's pretty close to it. Deborah Kerr is a woman looking to hire Stewart Granger who's the best reputed guide in Africa. She's looking for her husband, not sure if he's dead or alive. Granger agrees to take her on safari along with one of her husband's friends played by Richard Carlson.

This allows for a certain amount of sexual tension between Granger and Kerr and in fact the two of them had an extra marital affair. Carlson's part is essentially colorless. I think he's along mainly to provide a sounding board for Kerr and her changing attitudes about Africa and Granger.

The jungle photography is fabulous, the film is worth it for that alone. Granger and Kerr create some good characterizations and the native Africans are good in their roles.

King Solomon's mines had such an impact that even the later Tarzan films had a more realistic look about them. An absolutely must see item.


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