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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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Tuareg Chief
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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)

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23 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 »

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During the sand storm, the wind is strong enough to blow Ann off her feet, however both Ann and Marks hats stay on. During the sword fight Mark's hat falls right off. See more »

Quotes

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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Dance of Gamal
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Music by Atia Sharara
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Like an Indiana Jones Film
22 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Classic film from 1954 was created by MGM and lots of money was put into its production. The photography in Egypt and the many historic sites are outstanding and this was done mainly because Television had taken hold of many families and they were staying home and watching their TV Screens in 1954 instead of going to the movies. Robert Taylor, (Mark Brandon) was an archaeologist in Egypt and was a rough and tough man who loved adventure. Eleanor Parker,(Ann Barclay Mercedes) meets up with Mark in order to hire him to explore some ruins which will confirm that the Bible story about Joseph were true. There is plenty of romance and dangerous sand storms and plenty of riding on camels backs through out the desert and secret tombs and secret doors.


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