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King Solomon's Mines (1937)

White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

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H. Rider Haggard (novel), Michael Hogan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... Umbopa
Cedric Hardwicke ... Allan Quartermain
Roland Young ... Commander Good
John Loder ... Sir Henry Curtis
Anna Lee ... Kathy O'Brien
Arthur Sinclair Arthur Sinclair ... O'Brien
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Twala
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Sylvestra (as Arthur Goullett)
Tony Wane Tony Wane ... Infadoos (as Ecce Homo Toto)
Makubalo Hlubi Makubalo Hlubi ... Kapse
Mjujwa Mjujwa ... Scragga
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Storyline

Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. After surviving the desert they are found by natives and brought to their chief, Twala. Umbopa reveals himself to be the true heir to the tribal throne, having been exiled years earlier by Twala and the tribal witch, Gagool. Quartermain's only hope to gain access to the mines and the possible rescue of O'Brien is to try to help Umbopa regain his rightful place as chief. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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cigar | hunter | desert | rescue | africa | See All (29) »

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H. Rider Haggard's Mighty Spectacle


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Minas de Salomão See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording System at Shepherds Bush London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film changes Allan Quatermain's name to Allan Quartermain. It is because of this film, in which Anna Lee appears, that one of the characters in the soap opera "General Hospital" was named Allan Quartermain. Anna Lee, who played Lila Quartermain, the matriarch of the family on the show, requested it. See more »

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The diary page containing the eclipse notification is titled "WED. 2ND JUNE 1882". That day was actually a Friday. See more »

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Kathleen 'Kathy' O'Brien: There's been a fortune in everything we've tried, but it wasn't us that found it...
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Version of King Solomon's Mines (1919) See more »

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Climbin' Up
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Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Excellent first version of this story
7 October 2004 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I have just seen this adventure movie for the first time and found it very enjoyable.

A hunter and his guide set out across the desert to search for King Solomon's Mines so he can get hold of the treasure. A party, including his daughter who is worried about him follows him and after confronting a dust storm and running out of water, they reach there. Natives find them and after a battle for the throne, the mines are eventually reached and the young woman is reunited with her dad. A volcano erupts and they manage to escape and set off for home, accompanied by 100 natives for the journey across the desert as a thank you for helping the native leader get his throne back.

The movie features an excellent performance by Paul Robeson, whose songs help the movie along nicely. This also stars Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young and Anna Lee. The special effects were good for their time, especially the cave scenes with the volcano.

This movie has since been remade several times and the best version is the 1950 one with Stuart Granger, which I also have in my movie collection.

This movie is worth checking out. Great fun.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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