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|Stewart Granger||Allan Quatermain|
|Deborah Kerr||Elizabeth Curtis|
|Richard Carlson||John Goode|
|Hugo Haas||Van Brun|
|Lowell Gilmore||Eric Masters|
|Corp. 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|
Posted March 15, 2011
"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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.