King Solomon's Mines

Overview

The first of three talkie versions of H. Rider Haggard's adventure novel King Solomon's Mine was produced by British Gaumont. While Cedric Hardwicke plays the nominal leading role of explorer Alan Quartermaine, top billing goes to African-American singing-star Paul Robeson, who plays dauntless native- guide Umbopa. The plot gets under way when Anna Lee organizes an expedition to locate her father, who has disappeared in the wilds of Africa while searching for King Solomon's Mines, a legendary diamond repository. ...
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Overview

The first of three talkie versions of H. Rider Haggard's adventure novel King Solomon's Mine was produced by British Gaumont. While Cedric Hardwicke plays the nominal leading role of explorer Alan Quartermaine, top billing goes to African-American singing-star Paul Robeson, who plays dauntless native- guide Umbopa. The plot gets under way when Anna Lee organizes an expedition to locate her father, who has disappeared in the wilds of Africa while searching for King Solomon's Mines, a legendary diamond repository. Umbopa's motivation for guiding the expedition is to reclaim the tribal throne wrested from him by treacherous witch-doctor Gagool Sidney Fairbrother. At first treated as white gods by the natives, the explorers soon find their lives imperiled. Thanks to Umbopa's know-how, the whites are saved from a horrible death and the evil tribesmen are overthrown. As for King Solomon's Mines, Quartermaine and his party finally locate the fabled diamond cache--and then fate deals an ironic hand, as fate has a habit of doing.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
King Solomon's Mines is a grand adventure story boasting one of Paul Robeson's finest performances. Though H. Rider Haggard would probably be surprised to find that his original story had three songs tacked onto it, he'd most likely enjoy Robeson's performance of them. Unlike many other film versions of the classic tale, this interpretation pays particular attention to the African characters. There's a subplot to go along with the main quest, and the tech credits are fine, particularly Robert Stevenson's direction and Alfred Junge's production design.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2012
  • UPC: 661799488266
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,743

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Robeson Umbopa
Cedric Hardwicke Allan Quatermain
Roland Young Commander Good
John Loder Henry Curtis
Anna Lee Kathy O'Brien
Makubalo Hlubi Kapsie
Sydney Fairbrother Gagool
Ecce Homo Toto Infadoos
Robert Adams Twala
Frederick Leister Wholesaler
Alf Goddard Red
Arthur Sinclair Patrick O'Brien
Arthur Goullet Sylvestra
Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Michael Gordon Editor
Michael Hogan Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Cyril Knowles Cinematographer
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Marianne Costumes/Costume Designer
Roland Pertwee Screenwriter
A.R. Rawlinson Screenwriter
Ralph Spence Screenwriter
Mischa Spoliansky Score Composer
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