Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Director: Robert Pirosh, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson

Cast: Robert Pirosh, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson

     
 

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Using the dry historical tome Gods, Graves and Scholars as its source, MGM came up with the rip-roaring adventure film Valley of the Kings. Robert Taylor plays Mark Brandon, an Indiana Jones-style archaeologist who embarks upon an expedition to Egypt. Brandon has agreed to help Ann Mercedes (Eleanor Parker) to locate the tomb of the Pharoah Ra-Hotep,

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Using the dry historical tome Gods, Graves and Scholars as its source, MGM came up with the rip-roaring adventure film Valley of the Kings. Robert Taylor plays Mark Brandon, an Indiana Jones-style archaeologist who embarks upon an expedition to Egypt. Brandon has agreed to help Ann Mercedes (Eleanor Parker) to locate the tomb of the Pharoah Ra-Hotep, thereby proving the validity of her late father's theories about Egyptian history. Along for the ride is Ann's seemingly affable husband Philip (Carlos Thompson), while the sinister Hamed Bachkour (Kurt Kasnar), who seems to be a criminal of some sort, dogs the expedition's trail. Upon arriving at the tomb, all heck breaks loose as the film's true heroes and villains are revealed. Valley of the Kings combines location-filmed footage in glorious Eastmancolor with a few moderately convincing studio mockups.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Valley of the Kings is pure hokum, and what is worse, it's very boring hokum. It is, however, very attractive to the eye, thanks to a combination of cinematographer Robert Surtees' expert lensing and the extensive use of location shooting in Egypt, which may not match especially well with the studio sets but which is delicious on its own. Stars Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker also make Valley very easy on the eyes. Indeed, perhaps if Valley had been re-conceived as a 30-minute travelogue into Egypt, hosted by these two attractive performers, it might have been more entertaining. Unfortunately, Valley is saddled with a screenplay that manages to take what should be combustible (if predictable) ingredients involving an archaeological expedition, lost treasure, forbidden love and nefarious thieves and turn them into 86 minutes of mostly-unrelieved dullness. Oh, there's a 15-minute stretch that's not exactly dull, but it doesn't come anywhere near the level of excitement that is required. A dynamic star in the hero role would have helped, but Taylor is as wooden as he is handsome. Parker gives considerably more to her part, but there's little she can do with the role. Carlos Thompson is disappointing as Parker's no-good husband, and Kurt Kaszner fairly tired as villain. Robert Pirosh's direction is decidedly lacking in variety and energy.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2016
UPC:
0888574389680
Original Release:
1954
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
8,436

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Mark Brandon
Eleanor Parker Ann Mercedes
Carlos Thompson Philip Mercedes
Samia Gamal Dancer
Kurt Kasznar Hamed Bachkour
Victor Jory Toureg Chef
Leon Askin Valentine Arko
Al Silvani Father Anthimos

Technical Credits
Robert Pirosh Director,Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Harold Kress Editor
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
William Shanks Asst. Director
Andre Smagghe Asst. Director
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Valley of the Kings
1. Chapter 1 [1:39]
2. Chapter 2 [1:11]
3. Chapter 3 [2:12]
4. Chapter 4 [4:24]
5. Chapter 5 [4:55]
6. Chapter 6 [3:17]
7. Chapter 7 [2:35]
8. Chapter 8 [3:50]
9. Chapter 9 [3:22]
10. Chapter 10 [4:51]
11. Chapter 11 [3:46]
12. Chapter 12 [4:55]
13. Chapter 13 [5:11]
14. Chapter 14 [4:11]
15. Chapter 15 [5:05]
16. Chapter 16 [3:53]
17. Chapter 17 [4:32]
18. Chapter 18 [3:38]
19. Chapter 19 [3:13]
20. Chapter 20 [2:20]
21. Chapter 21 [4:18]
22. Chapter 22 [4:34]
23. Chapter 23 [3:44]
24. Chapter 24 [:22]

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