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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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MGM's mighty romantic adventure! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1952 with Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger reprising their film roles. See more »

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The elephant that charges the hunter and guide is an African elephant. The one that picks the guide up and tosses him over its shoulder is a trained Indian elephant. African elephants are too aggressive to be trained for such stunts. See more »

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Allan Quatermain: ...in the end you begin to accept it all... you watch things hunting and being hunted, reproducing, killing and dying, it's all endless and pointless, except in the end one small pattern emerges from it all, the only certainty: one is born, one lives for a time then one dies, that is all...
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Great, Rare Color Footage of African Villagers etc
6 May 2013 | by seanmoliver64See all my reviews

This 1950's version of King Solomon's Mines is unusual in a couple ways. First, there's no symphonic music score whatsoever. Film music is typically used to tell us what we as the audience should feel about activity on screen, and also tell us what the characters themselves are supposedly feeling. In this way both audience and characters share the same emotional reactions. Music on film is such a common and natural expectation (or substitute?) for an audience's emotions, that some reviewers here think the movie was bland and boring!

Secondly, the MGM crew of about 30 people and 7 cargo trucks spent months in 1949 filming this on the Dark Continent itself, at locations hundreds of miles from civilization in eastern Africa instead of the usual Hollywood lots. They enlisted the inhabitants of remote villages as actors, asked them to perform communal dances, and took many close-up shots of their faces, hair, headgear, jewelry and body paint. This amounts to some of the most magnificent - and rare - color and sound footage of "old" untouched African culture I've seen.

Not long after this, during the 1950's-1960's these villages gradually became part of the modern world, and by the 1980's, remote tribesmen were filmed as they hunted with spears - wearing "Michael Jackson" t- shirts.

The movie is generally pretty good, but the Africans steal the show.


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