King Solomon's Mines1950
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
Filmed in glorious technicolor, a good portion of this 2nd go-round of the story (the first was 1937 from a 1885 story) is simply watching Deborah Kerr respond to "the wilds of Africa." You know, crocs and snakes, rhinos and hippos (scared), or gazelle and giraffes (amused). Stewart Granger mainly is slightly annoyed (just as Indiana Jones, following in these footsteps years later would be). The story isn't rousing, as adventure should be, but there are plenty of second unit, in-country shots to fill in. When they find the diamonds nobody even keeps any, or slip a couple into their pockets. And so the romance is all this movie is about, and that's ... meh.
It's no Scaramouche, but it will do if you're in need of a Stewart Granger fix.
Enjoyable adventure film with alot of on location filming that looks great.I've seen the Richard Chamberlain version from the '80's, which was hokey and just a cheap version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I was expecting this film to be a bit of the same, but I was shocked that it is just a safari story. It has more emphasis on exploration,interaction with wild animals and tribes than adventure and booby traps. The Mines are shown in the last 15 minutes and there is hardly any attention given to their discovery, which does make for a odd ending. Granger is charming, tough, and really carries the movie that made him a star.
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