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Valley of the Kings (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 23 July 1954 (USA)
In 1900, in Egypt, archaeologist Mark Brandon is asked by Ann Mercedes to find the tomb of Ra-Hotep but their quest is marred by intrigue, betrayal, murder and danger.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Mark Brandon
... Ann Mercedes
... Philip Mercedes
... Hamed Backhour
... Tuareg Chief
... Valentine Arko
Aldo Silvani ... Father Anthimos
... Dancer
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Hard-boiled archeologist Mark Brandon is searching for ancient tombs in Egypt when he is approached by beautiful Ann Mercedes, who convinces him to help her fulfill her deceased father's life's ambition - to provide solid proof of the biblical Joseph's travels in ancient Egypt. As an ex-pupil of Ann's father Mark accepts and the two embark on a search for the tomb of the Pharoah Ra Hotep, said to have had some connection with Joseph. The trail to the tomb is fraught with intrigue, betrayal, murder and the possibility that the tomb itself has been emptied of all its artifacts by ancient looters. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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M-G-M's Spectacular Romance Filmed in Egypt! See more »

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23 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Tal der Könige  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,065,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,591,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,305,000, 31 December 1954
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Although it was announced that Sam Zimbalist would produce the film, the motion picture was released without a producer credit since the film's producer wished to remain anonymous. See more »

Goofs

The use of the word "corn" is not an anachronism. Corn was a common term for wheat in the Old World, centuries before Columbus. Native American maize was called "corn" by the Europeans because it was a familiar term for this new staple grain. See more »

Quotes

Mark Brandon: You know what they say: Egypt is like a man without a woman.
Ann Barclay Mercedes: Why do they say that?
Mark Brandon: Hot by day, cold by night.
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Dance of Gamal
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Music by Atia Sharara
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Egyptian locations shine
21 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Nice colour photography in Egyptian locations helps this rather lame story shine a little more than it would had it been entirely studio bound, and the locations scenes are certainly the most interesting aspects of this melodramatic yarn. Eleanor Parker is admirable, as always, and Robert Taylor merely...Robert Taylor, as always, but none of the characters really grab enough of our attention or hold our interest, and the plot is hardly interesting enough to bother about. A stronger story and script would have made a huge difference and put the film in a much more memorable bracket. But there are some genuinely exciting moments, particularly in the second half of the film, and the film makes great use of the Egyptian locations in ways that I doubt would be allowed today. A perfectly watchable little adventure, but don't expect too much.


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