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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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Robert Pirosh
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Mark Brandon
Eleanor Parker ... Ann Mercedes
Carlos Thompson ... Philip Mercedes
Kurt Kasznar ... Hamed Backhour
Victor Jory ... Tuareg Chief
Leon Askin ... Valentine Arko
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Father Anthimos
Samia Gamal ... Dancer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

AMAZING! TIMELY! THRILLING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

23 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Tal der Könige See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Sinai, Egypt See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

It was possible to film in Egypt as it was before the pro-Soviet Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power. After 1954 few Western films were made in Egypt due to the country's increasing ties with the Soviet Union and China. See more »

Goofs

During the sand storm, the wind is strong enough to blow Ann off her feet, however both Ann and Marks hats stay on. During the sword fight Mark's hat falls right off. See more »

Quotes

Mark Brandon: [Said to Ann Mercedes] I've never seen it fail with self-centered people: they always have some sort of noble excuse for themselves.
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Crazy Credits

[Prologue] The earth holds few treasures which have stimulated man's imagination -- and his greed -- as much as the tombs of the rulers of ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs.

This is the story of the search for the most fabulous tomb of them all. It begins near Cairo in 1900 . . . See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of Gamal
(uncredited)
Music by Atia Sharara
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Great visuals on locales in Egypt but hampered by predictable script...
29 September 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker make a handsome couple in this story about an archaeologist agreeing to search for holy relics in an Egyptian tomb, lured by the beautiful Parker. She's married to Carlos Thompson who goes along on the desert adventure and it's easy to guess what the outcome will be as the plot develops.

The story ingredients are promising, but the picture takes a long time to get to its most suspenseful moments, including a climactic fistfight between Taylor and Thompson at the top of ancient ruins that is artfully staged for maximum effect. Too bad more time wasn't spent developing the slow-paced script which hardly matches the effectiveness of the location photography in Egypt and the striking score by Miklos Rozsa.

Fans of Taylor and Parker will enjoy seeing them together, both at their physical peak and demonstrating some good chemistry as romantic leads. He's ruggedly convincing as the Alpha-male archaeologist but the story isn't up to the level of a similar yarn Metro did previously, "King Solomon's Mines." Summing up: A weak script is the real problem.


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