King Solomon's MinesDirector: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
MGM's expensive remake of the 1937 British adventure film King Solomon's Mines stars Stewart Granger as fearless-explorer Alan Quartermaine, and Deborah Kerr as the spunky Irish lass who hires him on to locate her husband. Kerr's spouse has disappeared somewhere in Africa while attempting to unearth the long-lost diamond mines of King Solomon. Quartermaine wants no part of so risky an undertaking until Kerr waves 5000 pounds of sterling under his nose. Coming upon a Watusi tribe, the explorers discover that their taciturn native bearer (Siriaque) is actually a deposed Watusi king, who intends to wrest the throne back from his usurpers. Quartermaine uses his wits to quell the natives and keep his party from being killed on the spot. The group finally reaches King Solomon's Mines, where rests the bones of Kerr's late husband. The ending of this version of King Solomon's Mines doesn't pack the same ironic punch as the climax of the 1937 version, but this MGMization is more concerned with the blossoming romance between the leading man and leading lady than with full fidelity to the H. Rider Haggard novel on which it is based. King Solomon's Mines was filmed on location in Africa, which proved an excellent decision in the long run: for several years afterward, MGM adventure films like Watusi (1959) and Trader Horn (1973) were able to economically lift huge chunks of Technicolor stock footage from King Solomon's Mines. The property would be remade once more in 1985, this time as an Indiana Jones rip-off starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone.
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Cast & Crew
|James Stewart||Allan Quatermain|
|Deborah Kerr||Elizabeth Curtis|
|Richard Carlson||John Goode|
|Hugo Haas||Van Brun|
|Lowell Gilmore||Eric Masters|
|Munto Anampio||Chief Bilu|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Keogh Gleason||Set Decoration/Design|
|Paul Groesse||Art Director|
|Conrad A. Nervig||Art Director,Editor|
|Walter Plunkett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
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"King Solomon's Mines" is one of the first movies shot on location in Africa. But this was the Africa of the 1950's, of Tanganyika, Zanzibar and the Belgian Congo. The story is wonderfully exciting, the acting first rate. What I found so fascinating, even moving, was the fauna of Africa, half a century ago. The number of animals in this film is absolutely staggering. There is a famous scene, where thousands of animals begin to stampede. It is absolutely breathtaking, and one wonders how the cinematographers could capture this remarkable, even dangerous scene. Yes, I know, the native Watusi dancers are choreographed by Agnes de Mille, but except for that example of American ethnocentrism, the movie shows a bygone era. Yes, today all these former English colonies and the Congo are now independent. However, the beautiful and unforgettable flora and fauna are dying today, for reasons that don't concern us here. All of this makes "King Solomon's Mines" one of my favorite films, but also one that makes me rather wistful.
This is a great adventure film, in fact, one of the best!It is beautifully filmed with wonderful footage showing the expansive landscape of the country as well as the interesting and exciting flora and fauna and people that populate this gorgeous land. The storyline both visual and literal is highly entertaining and engaging filled with action, suspense, color, and some fun as well. The cast of Richard Carleson, Deborah Kerr, and Stewart Granger is superb! The chemistry between Kerr and Granger is viceral. Stewart Granger's performance stands out as on of his best. He was compared to Clark Gable which is high praise indeed! I highly reccommend this movie; watch it, own it, enjoy it again and again.