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King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 July 1937 (USA)
White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

Writers:

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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H. Rider Haggard's Mighty Spectacle


Certificate:

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Trivia

Some exteriors were shot on location in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using stand-ins for the lead actors. No cast members traveled to South Africa from England to work on the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Allan Quartermaine: Who are you?
Umbopa: I'm a man who looks for diamonds and hangs about your camp. That's what YOU said!
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Connections

Version of Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk! Walk!
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Adventures in Africa
2 April 2020 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Enjoyable adventure film, about four men and a woman in Africa, with different agendas in their minds. Although some sources claim this version is the most faithful to H.R. Haggard's novel, many changes were made, including the addition of a female protagonist, not as a decorative figure, but as the key character that triggers the expedition to find King Solomon's mines. Allegedly, one screenwriter objected to this change and left production. Exciting as it is, this would have been much better without a couple of unnecessary songs performed by star Paul Robeson.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

26 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Solomon's Mines See more »

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Technical Specs

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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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