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Watusi (1959)

Approved | | Adventure | 25 March 1959 (South Africa)
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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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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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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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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Taglines:

Guardians Of King Solomon's Mines!

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Adventure

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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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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

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

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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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Version of King Solomon's Mines (1937) See more »

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WATUSI (Kurt Neumann, 1959) **
23 July 2008 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

This film, apparently, was hastily concocted by MGM in order to exploit the excess of jungle footage shot during the making of KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950); incidentally, while the latter had adopted the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (then still the standard in cinema), by the time WATUSI came along the Widescreen was in vogue – which meant that the 'old' scenes had to be stretched in order to fit the new format! Another strange fact connected with the film is that, while it was released in July 1959, director Neumann had died eleven months previously!; actually, he probably wasn't involved in the editing of any of his last three efforts given that they were all released posthumously – which, I guess, speaks volumes about how fast low-budget titles were churned out by Hollywood during this period…

Back to the matter at hand: the film is a sequel to the Stewart Granger/Deborah Kerr KING SOLOMON'S MINES; for the record, I own that version on VHS but haven't watched it in some 20 years!. Given WATUSI's B-movie status, casting this time around is somewhat second-rate (if likable enough): George Montgomery as famous hunter Allan Quatermain's son (with an aversion to Germans, the story occurring just after WWI), Taina Elg as – naturally – a German missionary and the sole survivor after an attack by Natives, and David Farrar as an ex-colleague of the elder Quatermain (who, rather cheekily, is also revealed to be of German parentage!).

The film is good-looking (generating a reasonable atmosphere throughout) and generally watchable, but its singular lack of purpose is more than evident – not least in the compactness of it all (running just 85 minutes), thin plot line (Montgomery retraces his father's steps towards the fabled diamond mines) and, perhaps fatally, its decision to supply romantic rivalry (whose outcome surprises no one) rather than a veritable tension within the group. With this in mind, even the potentially exciting climax in the cave – where the trio has to face perilous rock formation and the threat of lava from beneath in order to reach the coveted treasure – falls flat!; the titular people, then, aren't given anything to do other than sport a peculiar hairdo and engage in the occasional boring tribal rite/dance!


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