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King Solomon's Mines (1950) Poster

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1952 with Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger reprising their film roles.
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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.
Errol Flynn was originally cast as Quartermain, but turned it down, as he did not desire to sleep in a tent on location in Africa. Instead he did Kim (1950), which was filmed in India, but the accommodations for the actors were at a local resort.
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.
The location footage in this film, especially the various animals, was re-used as stock footage for dozens of films in the fifties and later, including Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), Watusi (1959) and the 1973 version of Trader Horn (1973).
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The same introductory African drums and chanting were used again two years later in Mogambo (1953).
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The hero is listed as Allan Quartermain in the film, whereas H. Rider Haggard spelled the name without an 'r' - Quatermain.
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The movie has no music score whatever. The only thing at all musical in the film is some African chanting and drums. (Almost... an African "Thumb Piano" was shown and heard in a very short scene.)
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The Deborah Kerr character -- a screenwriter's invention -- does not appear in H. Rider Haggard's novel.
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This marked the first time the Watusi tribe allowed themselves to be filmed.
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When they enter the mine, they stop and stare at an unusual formation. It is actually located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico in the primitive "New Cave", not the main caverns. The formation is named "The Klansman".
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Stewart Granger's first American film.
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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.
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Temperatures would often be in excess of 140 degrees Fahrenheit during the location shoot.
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The second film adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's novel.
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The third most popular film at the UK box office in 1951.
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MGM's most successful film of 1950.
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For years it was believed that MGM demanded the negative of the 1937 version when they acquired remake rights, but Metro always denied it, and the film turned up in Rank's London vaults.
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The desert sequence was actually filmed in New Mexico.
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In 1958, MGM reissued this film on a double bill with Rogue Cop (1954).
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Stewart Granger's first film for MGM.....he remained exclusively under contract with the studio until 1957.
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All Hugo Haas's shots were filmed on stage. A stand-in actor was used on location with the rest of the cast. In those shots you always see him from his back and you never see his face or it's hide with shadows until a close up comes.
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