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King Solomon's Mines (1950)

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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Eric Masters
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Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
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Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
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Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Baziga ...
King Twala (as Baziga of the Watussi Tribe)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

König Salomons Diamanten  »

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$2,258,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While filming on location in Carlsbad National Park's New Cave, Deborah Kerr took her lipstick and wrote the initials "DK" on a cave formation near the Klansman formation that was used as a background. An electrician also took a burned out lamp and tossed it in a hole under that formation. Since the cave is still 'active', meaning the formations are still slowly being encased in more minerals, the initials and the lamp are now solidly encased in a layer limestone that is thin enough to see through but thick enough to prevent removal. The Carlsbad Park Rangers refer to the "DK" as the Deborah Kerr formation. Both are still visible to this day. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Quatermain is walking along talking to the heroine's brother, the brim of Quatermain's hat is split and flapping in the breeze. Later it's seen in one piece again. See more »

Quotes

Allan Quatermain: The only way out of this is... suffocation.
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A Great, Under-Appreciated Adventure Movie!
21 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I *LOVED* the Book "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard, and thought I should see the movie. I was warned to stay away from the 1985 remake, so I went with this one. This is a very good movie, especially for 1950, although characters and parts of the book were either left out or switched around. Stewart Granger is good as the hunter Allan Quatermain, and Deborah Kerr, although her character has nothing to do with the book what-so-ever, played her part well as Elizabeth Curtis. I was surprised to find out this film was shot entirely on location in Africa. It also has some great nature shots. This movie is hard to find or see on TV, so spring for the chance to see it if you get one! Even if you're not an adventure fan, this is still a good one. (It was nominated for best picture.) 4 out of 4 stars for "King Solomon's Mines!" But, don't stop there--READ THE BOOK!!!!!


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