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King Solomon's Mines -- Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance...

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Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screenplay)
H. Rider Haggard (novel)
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Release Date:
24 November 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Lovers trapped in animal stampede! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the best films of the '50s. See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Deborah Kerr ... Elizabeth Curtis

Stewart Granger ... Allan Quatermain

Richard Carlson ... John Goode
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Munto Anampio ... Chief Bilu (uncredited)

John Banner ... Austin - Safari Client (uncredited)
Benempinga ... Black Circle (uncredited)
Gutare ... Kafa - Umbopa's Old Uncle (uncredited)
Ivargwema ... Blue Star (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Traum - Safari Client (uncredited)

Directed by
Compton Bennett 
Andrew Marton 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (screenplay)

H. Rider Haggard (novel)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
F. Keogh Gleason .... associate set decorator (as Keogh Gleason)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Stunts
Michaela Denis .... stunt double: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)
Shep Houghton .... stunt double: Richard Carlson (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank V. Phillips .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Schmitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Gooch .... Technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
Bunny Allen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... script supervisor: Africa (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"King Solomon" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Belgium:Tous | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1952) (one cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (TV rating) | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2001) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14499) | USA:Not Rated (video rating) | West Germany:12

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The scene in which Deborah Kerr cuts her own hair and then cuts to her sunning with a perfectly coiffed hairstyle got such a big laugh at the initial screenings of the film that producers debated removing the scene. However, they couldn't figure out another way to explain Kerr's change of hairstyle, so they kept the improbable scenes intact.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Beth falls in the river her right sleeve is torn at the shoulder. A few moments later her left sleeve has the (smaller) tear. Later this left tear is repaired, but the right shows no sign of damageSee more »
Quotes:
Allan Quatermain:I think I ought to warn you - you've come on a hopeless errand.
Elizabeth Curtis:My brother told me your reasons. There was one argument he neglected to use.
Allan Quatermain:Oh, what was that?
Elizabeth Curtis:Money.
Allan Quatermain:It's a very good argument.
Elizabeth Curtis:I'm willing to pay anything - beyond reason, of course.
Allan Quatermain:Why are you so determined to go on with this? I can understand your planning it before you knew its dangers, but now... your brother must have told you.
Elizabeth Curtis:Are you sure you're not exaggerating the dangers? With proper equipment and your services, we should be able to manage. I'm not afraid.
Allan Quatermain:Your courage does you no credit, Mrs. Curtis. It's the result of ignorance.
Elizabeth Curtis:What is your usual fee for a safari, Mr. Quatermain?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rapture (1979)See more »

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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films of the '50s., 3 June 2004
Author: ctrout from USA

The film follows an excellent hunter (Granger) who is payed to go on a safari to find the lost husband of Deborah Kerr and Richard Carlson. He reluctantly agrees. Along the way they run into different perils. Including many tribes that want the group dead.

The film is very exciting. And you feel for the characters when they come into contact with danger. I wish more action films could make you do that. The performances are the reason behind this. It's too bad that the actors and actresses in the film weren't nominated for Oscars. I doubt they deserved to win, but they deserved to be up.

The script is also very good. It strays away from the book just a little bit. But I have no problem with that because the film, by itself, is very good.

The cinematography and editing are flawless. And they rightly won Oscars. The film was also nominated for Best Picture. It's one of the better adventure films.

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