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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.

Writers:

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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1890s | king | fight | diamond | cannibal | See All (165) »

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Certificate:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Beth falls in the river her right sleeve is torn at the shoulder. A few moments later her left sleeve has the (smaller) tear. Later this left tear is repaired, but the right shows no sign of damage See more »

Quotes

Allan Quatermain: I think I ought to warn you - you've come on a hopeless errand.
Elizabeth Curtis: My brother told me your reasons. There was one argument he neglected to use.
Allan Quatermain: Oh, what was that?
Elizabeth Curtis: Money.
Allan Quatermain: It's a very good argument.
Elizabeth Curtis: I'm willing to pay anything - beyond reason, of course.
Allan Quatermain: Why are you so determined to go on with this? I can understand your planning it before you knew its dangers, but now... your brother must have told you.
Elizabeth Curtis: Are you sure you're not exaggerating the dangers? With proper equipment and your services, we ...
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A Great, Under-Appreciated Adventure Movie!
21 March 1999 | by 2001RulzSee all my reviews

I *LOVED* the Book "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard, and thought I should see the movie. I was warned to stay away from the 1985 remake, so I went with this one. This is a very good movie, especially for 1950, although characters and parts of the book were either left out or switched around. Stewart Granger is good as the hunter Allan Quatermain, and Deborah Kerr, although her character has nothing to do with the book what-so-ever, played her part well as Elizabeth Curtis. I was surprised to find out this film was shot entirely on location in Africa. It also has some great nature shots. This movie is hard to find or see on TV, so spring for the chance to see it if you get one! Even if you're not an adventure fan, this is still a good one. (It was nominated for best picture.) 4 out of 4 stars for "King Solomon's Mines!" But, don't stop there--READ THE BOOK!!!!!


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