King Solomon's Mines (1950)
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as Allan Quatermain
as Elizabeth Curtis
as John Goode
as Van Brun aka Smith
as Eric Masters
as Chief Gagool
as King Twala
as Chief Bilu
as Blue Star
as Black Circle
as Chief Gagool
Critic Reviews for King Solomon's Mines
Of the half a dozen screen versions, MGM's 1950 remake of the 1937 British adventure is arguably the most lavish and entertaining, deservedly winning the Oscars for cinematography and editing.
A spectacular adventure story with a smidgin of romance, King Solomon's Mines is exciting enough and adventurous enough and wholesome enough for the whole family.
Doesn't quite fulfill its promise, in part because the title destination is too obviously a MacGuffin in which the film ultimately doesn't even feign mild interest.
It is pleasant to look at, but it no longer passes for action and adventure these days.
Audience Reviews for King Solomon's Mines
Allan Quatermain takes us on an adventurous expedition through Africa. At times the story could use more excitement, but the cinematography was impressive. I enjoyed the spectacular footage of the African land and wildlife. (First and only viewing - 8/18/2014)
★★★1/2 (out of four) Today we have great CGI and amazing stunts, yet there just doesn't seem to be as much thought going into many of the adventure films of the modern era. "King Solomon's Mines" shows how egaging a movie can be when more effort is put into the actual storytelling. Deborah Kerr stars as a woman who has lost contact with her husband. He had traveled to Africa in search of the long lost diamond mines that belonged to King Solomon. She hires Alan Quartermaine (Stewart Granger) to guide her into the deep jungles of the African continent. This was a remake of a 1930's film and then was also remade in the 1980's with Richard Chamberlain in the lead. The 1950 version is exciting and colorful, a real treat for film viewers. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/KingSolomonsMines_zps8be28d49.jpg[/IMG]
It's no Scaramouche, but it will do if you're in need of a Stewart Granger fix.
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