King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

Stewart Granger
Director: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton Cast: Stewart Granger
Stewart Granger
, Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0012569672253
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 2,761

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Allan Quatermain
Deborah Kerr Elizabeth Curtis
Richard Carlson John Goode
Hugo Haas Van Brun
Lowell Gilmore Eric Masters
Kimursi Khiva
Munto Anampio Chief Bilu
John Banner Austin
Benempinga Black Circle
Gutare Kafa
Ivargwema Blue Star
Andrew Marton Actor
Henry Rowland Traum
Skeryongo Chief Gagool
Siriaque Umbopa
Baziga King Twala

Technical Credits
Compton Bennett Director
Andrew Marton Director
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Paul Groesse Art Director
Eric Maschwitz Songwriter
Conrad A. Nervig Art Director,Editor
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Mischa Spoliansky Songwriter
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor
Sam Zimbalist Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:54]
2. Elephant Hunt Tragedy [4:00]
3. A Woman on Safari? [3:28]
4. Unexplored Region [3:19]
5. Respective Motives [5:16]
6. On Safari... Sans Corset [6:37]
7. Song About the Lady [3:59]
8. The Only Certainty [5:31]
9. The Masai [5:59]
10. Between You Two [4:10]
11. The Leopard; the Stampede [5:05]
12. The Haircut [3:15]
13. Mystery Man [4:39]
14. Abandoned [3:23]
15. Van Bruin on Curtis [1:30]
16. Fleeing the Village [3:15]
17. Khiva's Tragedy [3:40]
18. Snakes and Desert Perils [3:19]
19. Message From Curtis [6:02]
20. Watussi Royalty [2:59]
21. Gemlike Clues [3:50]
22. King Solomon's Mines [3:55]
23. Escape Route [3:03]
24. Watussi Dance [2:28]
25. Mortal Combat [3:58]
26. Homeward Bound [2:52]

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