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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 »
NewsDesk:
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Simply a great movie! See more (66 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:
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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Trivia:
Rumor had it that the sexual tension between Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr crossed over into real life too, with the two actors having an extra-marital affair.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Allan Quatermain:Mrs. Curtis, the average life of a man in my profession is approximately eight years. Now, I've been at it for fifteen, so you see, I've been living on borrowed time. My wife died here six years ago. Sooner or later, an animal, or an unfriendly native...See more »
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45 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Simply a great movie!, 16 September 2005
Author: FabD1 from France

Aaron Copland believed great art goes hand in hand with simplicity. This movie is simple and great. I was browsing on the internet when I discovered some reviews of the R-1 DVD which heavily criticize the movie (and not just the DVD). I gave a quick look at IMDb to discover that, quite amazingly to me, the movie has only a 6.8 rating, that it has only been rated by less than a thousand viewers and that many viewer apparently found it boring. Let me just emphasize what should be obvious: this version of 'King Solomon's Mines' is not an action movie. It is probably best described as an invitation to Africa, combined with a reflexion on various aspects of what it means to be human. It many respects, it foreshadows and complements Clint Eastwood's 'White Hunter, Black Heart'.

Let me mention just one striking 'detail': what's going on on screen is SO fascinating that no music has been added to the various sounds emanating from the country or from the music instruments of the African people themselves. This was a daring move, especially at the time, but it enriched the movie enormously.

I will end this quick review with a piece of advice: Your mind should be as free as possible from everyday's life various troubles if you want to enjoy this movie. Pick up a night when you are already rather relaxed, and immerse yourself gently into the atmosphere created by the filmmakers. You won't regret it.

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