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Watusi (1959)

Alan Quartermain's son comes to Africa to find the treasure his father was unable to bring home.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

James Clavell, H. Rider Haggard (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Montgomery ... Harry Quartermain
Taina Elg ... Erica Neuler
David Farrar ... Rick Cobb
Rex Ingram ... Umbopa
Dan Seymour ... Mohamet
Robert Goodwin Robert Goodwin ... Jim-Jim
Anthony M. Davis Anthony M. Davis ... Amtaga
Paul Thompson Paul Thompson ... Gagool
Harold Dyrenforth Harold Dyrenforth ... Wilhelm von Kentner
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Storyline

Following the end of World War I, explorer Allen Quartermain's son Harry travels to Africa to search for King Solomon's mines. He wears a special medallion given to him by his father from the Watusi tribe, who guard the mines. With him is his friend Rick Cobb. Along the way, they meet and take with them Erica Neuler, the daughter of a missionary who was killed by a local tribe. Harry has antagonistic feelings toward Erica because she is German. His mother and 8 year old sister were killed by Germans when the boat they were on was sunk by a German U-boat. Can he overcome the challenges of hostile tribesmen, dangerous territory, and his own anger to find the treasure and the love of his life? Written by Paula Kimmel

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Guardians Of King Solomon's Mines!

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1959 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quest for King Solomon's Mines See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Much of the footage in this movie was previously seen in MGM's "King Solomon's Mines." See more »

Goofs

Rick refers to Harry's old regiment, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, as kilted, which Harry acknowledges. The KOSB was a Lowland regiment and only its pipers wore the kilt. See more »

Quotes

Rick Cobb: Look, Erica. I'm pretty beat up, and I haven't got too much hair, and I'm not too young anymore. What I mean to say is, well, I'd like you to marry me.
Erica Neuler: It's difficult to think with so much danger around.
Rick Cobb: Not for me it isn't! Oh, well. I'd have made a lousy husband, anyway.
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His father's son
11 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I remember seeing Watusi when it first came out in theaters back when I was 12 years old. Of course at the time I had not seen King Solomon's Mines and could not appreciate the fact that MGM was recycling a lot of the stock footage that they had shot in that film a decade earlier. Now some sharp eyed viewers might recognize Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, and Richard Carlson in long shots.

H. Rider Haggard when he wrote King Solomon's Mines created a Victorian era pulp fiction hero in African safari man Allan Quartermain. It's now 1919 and after war service Quartermain's son Harry played here by George Montgomery is after that elusive treasure that his father left behind, those legendary diamonds from the mines of King Solomon.

Joining him in this venture is David Farrar an old friend of his father and later on they rescue Taina Elg who is a missionary's daughter from some nasty natives. Montgomery has some mixed emotions about her as the World War I years left him with a nasty hatred of Germans.

I think you can see at least partially where this is going and I won't divulge the rest which was a surprise. Put it this way I think the choices Montgomery makes at the end of the film are ridiculous and really renders the film unrealistic to say the least.

Montgomery looks at home in the African jungle as he does in the American west and Elg and Farrar give good performances. Still Watusi is both recycled and faintly ridiculous.


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