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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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1890s | king | fight | diamond | cannibal | See All (164) »

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MGM's mighty romantic adventure! See more »


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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Rumor had it that the sexual tension between Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr crossed over into real life too, with the two actors having an extra-marital affair. See more »

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Some of the fabric worn by the Watutsi are imported prints. With the desert serving to isolate the tribe from others it is unlikely that they would have access to such fabrics. See more »

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Allan Quatermain: It's occurred to me that since your husband's body was never found, you can't inherit his money until you prove that he's dead. That could be the reason for this visit.
Elizabeth Curtis: One of the reasons my husband went looking for that diamond mine was a possibly foolish hope of finding a fortune of his own. You see, I hold all the wealth there is in the family.
Allan Quatermain: Well, then, I still don't understand.
Elizabeth Curtis: What? That I'd be willing to risk my life for my husband?
Allan Quatermain: That you're proposing to throw it away. That's not ...
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One of the best films of the '50s.
3 June 2004 | by SeanSee all my reviews

The film follows an excellent hunter (Granger) who is payed to go on a safari to find the lost husband of Deborah Kerr and Richard Carlson. He reluctantly agrees. Along the way they run into different perils. Including many tribes that want the group dead.

The film is very exciting. And you feel for the characters when they come into contact with danger. I wish more action films could make you do that. The performances are the reason behind this. It's too bad that the actors and actresses in the film weren't nominated for Oscars. I doubt they deserved to win, but they deserved to be up.

The script is also very good. It strays away from the book just a little bit. But I have no problem with that because the film, by itself, is very good.

The cinematography and editing are flawless. And they rightly won Oscars. The film was also nominated for Best Picture. It's one of the better adventure films.


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