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King Solomon's Mines (1950)

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Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

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Helen Deutsch (screenplay), H. Rider Haggard (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Elizabeth Curtis
Stewart Granger ... Allan Quatermain
Richard Carlson ... John Goode
Hugo Haas ... Van Brun aka Smith
Lowell Gilmore ... Eric Masters
Kimursi Kimursi ... Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Siriaque Siriaque ... Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
Sekaryongo Sekaryongo ... Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Baziga Baziga ... King Twala (as Baziga of the Watussi Tribe)
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Storyline

Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals, they fall in love. Will they find the lost husband and finish the nice connection? Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Lovers trapped in animal stampede! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

König Salomons Diamanten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,258,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,047,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,955,000, 31 December 1950
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to be nominated in any of the writing categories. See more »

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The rifle that Quatermain finds on top of the mountain (Curtis's rifle) is a Winchester model of 1895. Given of period of the story, 1897, such a rifle could not have been in Africa. See more »

Quotes

Allan Quatermain: Stupid waste, this safari. All of it! Half our supplies gone after that all-night stampede. Wasted! Waste of time, supplies, and lives.
Elizabeth Curtis: [Glares at him, too sleepy to argue]
Allan Quatermain: [Sarcastic] Well, I hope the lady enjoyed it!
Elizabeth Curtis: [Ignores him]
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Still a Treat
27 February 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I remember the movie played in our little town's premier theatre to considerable fanfare— See Darkest Africa As It Really Is in Dramatic Technicolor!— you know, that sort of thing. In fact it was a treat to see all the wild animals and fearsome natives, plus an exciting adventure story. I expect MGM made back its expenses and then some.

Of course, that was before TV brought the world into living rooms everywhere. The movie may have lost that long ago novelty, but it's still a good story set in what was then colonial Africa, with a first-rate cast, including the exotic Umbopa, the prince in exile. Then there's that thundering stampede whose mighty numbers still impress.

Like many reviewers, I cringe now at the elephant kill. I'm sure I didn't at the time, but then this ecological type change reflects a newer awareness, and one I think for the better. Actually, Quartermain (Stewart) is also bothered by big game kills, one reason he's ready to give up his hunting safaris.

Happily, Stewart's persuasive as the experienced white man, while Kerr does nicely as the British gentlewoman able to adapt her well-bred ways. (However, MGM, ever the glamour studio, refuses to de-glamorize her no matter how rough the going). I do feel a little sorry for tag-along John (Carlson) who, nevertheless, hangs in there. On the other hand, I'm still curious about the van Brun (Haas) role. Was that episode in the book or was it added to diversify and perhaps pad the storyline.

No, those old promotionals about Africa in Color wouldn't work now. But the movie's still an eyeful with a good adventure yarn and a fine cast, and those are film features that do endure.


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