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King Solomon's Mines

1937, Adventure, 1h 20m

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Kathy's (Anna Lee) father is intrigued by the stories Umbopa (Paul Robeson), a man they meet on their way to the South African coast, tells them about Solomon's diamond mines. So, he steals away in the night, leaving Kathy with a group of relative strangers. To find her father, Kathy enlists the help of hunter Allan Quatermain (Cedric Hardwicke) for a journey to the mines, where they are met with some less than hospitable natives -- who do not plan on making their task any easier.

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  • Jul 07, 2018
    Standard 1930's adventure safari tale ("Let's go find a lost treasure!") with 2 twists: witty dialogue and Mr Paul Robeson, who gives out with 3 songs AND is an integral part of the action. There's the obligatory love story, too, but its actually downplayed. Good times! The difference between the studio shot scenes and those done by the second unit are glaring, shaking up the suspension of disbelief thing, by it's doable.
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  • Nov 15, 2013
    It's hard to know what was crappier..the movie or the book that doesn't resemble it but isn't any bit better. A complete waste of time.
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  • Jun 03, 2010
    This early version of the H. Rider Haggard adventure story doesn't hold a candle to the 1950 film with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr. Anna Lee as Irish lass (with a terrible accent) Kathy O'Brien, is far too happy and perky in comparison to the seriousness of the story -- rescuing her father who has gone out alone into the African wilderness to search for a fabled diamond mine. By contrast, Cedrick Hardwicke is humorless and formal, and I never get the impression that he is the "Great White Hunter" he is supposed to be. Another part of the production that doesn't work for me is Paul Robeson. Not to take away from his wonderful voice, but his singing in this film completely stops the film (he does four songs), and the music is more minstrel than tribal, and totally inappropriate for the type of film. For an adventure film, this thing is pretty dull, although it does pick up in the last 20 minutes or so. Some of the scenes -- the long trek through the desert, for instance -- appear to be done on a soundstage. I know this is standard for a film of this vintage, but it's not always this obvious. I was expecting to see the players cast shadows on the matte background. The only agreeable thing I could find in this film was Roland Young. He is the comic relief, and delivers the best lines, all seemingly off-the-cuff statements on the various predicaments the group gets into. I'm a big fan of the 1950 film, and I know I will continue to be. This is one example of a very few where the remake outshines the original.
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  • May 25, 2010
    Robeson's great and he has a good role. The rest of the film is so dated that it's very hard to watch.
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