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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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Father Anthimos


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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Release Date:

23 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Tal der Könige  »

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Box Office


$2,065,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,591,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,305,000, 31 December 1954
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Filming in Egypt included views of the exterior and interior of Abu Simbel. The view also includes the Nile river in the background of one shot. The filming location is no longer accessible having been buried under Lake Nasser with the building of the Aswan dam. The massive complex was cut into large blocks and moved uphill between 1964-1968 to save it from being flooded. See more »


The use of the word "corn" is not an anachronism. Corn was a common term for wheat in the Old World, centuries before Columbus. Native American maize was called "corn" by the Europeans because it was a familiar term for this new staple grain. See more »


Mark Brandon: Every time you dig up something from the past you give more meaning to the present.
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Dance of Gamal
Music by Atia Sharara
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Great visuals on locales in Egypt but hampered by predictable script...
29 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker make a handsome couple in this story about an archaeologist agreeing to search for holy relics in an Egyptian tomb, lured by the beautiful Parker. She's married to Carlos Thompson who goes along on the desert adventure and it's easy to guess what the outcome will be as the plot develops.

The story ingredients are promising, but the picture takes a long time to get to its most suspenseful moments, including a climactic fistfight between Taylor and Thompson at the top of ancient ruins that is artfully staged for maximum effect. Too bad more time wasn't spent developing the slow-paced script which hardly matches the effectiveness of the location photography in Egypt and the striking score by Miklos Rozsa.

Fans of Taylor and Parker will enjoy seeing them together, both at their physical peak and demonstrating some good chemistry as romantic leads. He's ruggedly convincing as the Alpha-male archaeologist but the story isn't up to the level of a similar yarn Metro did previously, "King Solomon's Mines." Summing up: A weak script is the real problem.

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