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Valley of the Kings (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 23 July 1954 (USA)
In 1900, in Egypt, archaeologist Mark Brandon is asked by Ann Mercedes to find the tomb of Ra-Hotep but their quest is marred by intrigue, betrayal, murder and danger.

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Mark Brandon
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Ann Barclay Mercedes
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Philip Mercedes
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Hamed Backhour
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Tuareg Chief
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Valentine Arko, Antique Dealer
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Father Anthimos
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Hard-boiled archeologist Mark Brandon is searching for ancient tombs in Egypt when he is approached by beautiful Ann Mercedes, who convinces him to help her fulfill her deceased father's life's ambition - to provide solid proof of the biblical Joseph's travels in ancient Egypt. As an ex-pupil of Ann's father Mark accepts and the two embark on a search for the tomb of the Pharoah Ra Hotep, said to have had some connection with Joseph. The trail to the tomb is fraught with intrigue, betrayal, murder and the possibility that the tomb itself has been emptied of all its artifacts by ancient looters. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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AMAZING! TIMELY! THRILLING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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23 July 1954 (USA)  »

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Das Tal der Könige  »

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$2,065,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.75 : 1
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The film's 21st of July opening in Cairo and Alexandria marked the first American film world premiere in Egypt. See more »

Goofs

When Mark Brandon (Robert Taylor) finds the unopened sealed door to the tomb, the bottom edge of the pivoting door as outlined in the wall is about a foot above the ground level. However, after he swings it open with his pick, the bottom edge is about two feet up and there is another stone about a foot wide in the bottom center of the doorway that he pushes out of the way so they can walk in stooped over under the door. See more »

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Mark Brandon: [to Philip Mercedes] May you be the first man in history to give your bride a tomb for a present.
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Music by Charles Wolcott
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Good looking Egyptian adventure delights the eye.
30 August 2009 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I've given this film a 7 rating, which is much higher than most of the other IMDb participants who have expressed themselves. Frankly, I thoroughly enjoyed "Valley of the Kings." Its strong points definitely outweigh its shortcomings.

True, this is in a sense a very glossy and high budget version of a pulp adventure story. But the Egyptian locations and the color photography are worth watching. The acting, while not exceptional, is adequate; Taylor and Parker are especially appealing to the eye.

"Valley of the Kings" is an example of what Hollywood was trying to do (big names, wide screen, lush color photography, exotic location shooting, etc.) in the 50s to convince customers to turn off the TV and drive down to their neighborhood movie house. Do not expect to see a precursor to Indiana Jones. Taylor's character is no college professor who occasionally trades in his tweed coat for a leather jacket and bull-whip. He's a rough and tumble type who has picked up his archaeological knowledge while working on construction projects in Egypt.

Eleanor Parker is, as always, good to look at as the daughter of an Egyptologist who is determined to prove her father's hypothesis. The story is perhaps not exceptional, but it will hold your interest.

No one will mistake "Valley of the Kings" for "Lawrence of Arabia." But it is a solid entertainment that you will enjoy more than some of the overblown, hugely expensive productions that stumble out of Hollywood these days.


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