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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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Classic Adventure; Unpretentious, Epic in Feel, Plus a Mature Romance See more (64 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the stampede, when zebras run past the hiding safari members, two trucks being used to herd the animals can clearly be seen through the dust in the rear of the shot.See more »
Quotes:
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...See more »
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Featured in Trader Horn (1973)See more »

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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Classic Adventure; Unpretentious, Epic in Feel, Plus a Mature Romance, 30 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

When this production was mounted for Stewart Granger, with Deborah Kerr and Richard Carlson as his co-stars, no one could have imagined how imitated, influential and important the film would become. It has an epic quality about it that is earned by African on-site locales, fine cinematography and direction of the film, and the discovery-aspect of the narrative as the participants learn along about a fascinating continent and its people with the viewers. H. Rider Haggard's venerable novel find to b a curious mixture of Victorian angst, adventure, romance, mystery evoked by an expedition storyline. The fine acting by Stewart Granger as Alan Quartermain the white hunter, Deborah Kerr as a woman seeking her missing husband, Richard Carlson as her brother, and Hugo Haas as a back-sliding villain works exceptionally to increase the believability of the film. The simplest incident on this dangerous expedition--sitting down in the wrong place, turning over a leaf, wearing the wrong weight or textile of garment, cutting one's hair, hearing a sound, anything--can trigger a learning or a dangerous experience... This was a lavish MGM production, with participation by legendary artists and technicians such as Cedric Gibbons as art director, Edwin B. Willis as set decorator, Robert Surtees as cinematographer, Douglas Shearer in charge of sound and many others. But the real star of the film apart from the actors is Andrew Marton and Compton Bennett's realization of Helen Deutsch's interesting modernization of the original novel. Wjite hunter Alan Quartermain does not really care to live any longer; he has just seen one of his best "boys" die in a hunting accident, having been hired to please a bloodthirsty imperial's whim to kill wildlife; and Deborah Kerr comes along just then in need of a guide, trying to convince herself that she still cares about the cold husband who disappeared in search of a fabled treasure, the gold mines of King Solomon of Israel.. Obviously the two are ready to fall in love during the dangerous search for her lost mate, one that takes them into unknown country, among dangerous tribes, and into adventures that include helping a deposed seven-foot-tall monarch regain his throne by a rite of combat, incidentally saving their lives in the process. The most exciting sequence in the film is a grass fire that causes animals to stampede toward the expedition, who must taken shelter crouched low behind a makeshift low barrier; it has been imitated, never duplicated, and was later used in several other films. The film is occasionally leisurely, never dull; its makers play with time very intelligently. For once, the viewer gets the sense in a film of an arduous trek, of time passing, time for changes to happen and motivations for the same. The actors are grand, especially the mature intelligent leads; all-in-all, this simple storyline in the right hands was turned into what is all-but-universally acknowledge to be a classic adventure-romance.

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