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King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 July 1937 (USA)
White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

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H. Rider Haggard (novel), Michael Hogan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... Umbopa
Cedric Hardwicke ... Allan Quartermain
Roland Young ... Commander Good
John Loder ... Sir Henry Curtis
Anna Lee ... Kathy O'Brien
Arthur Sinclair Arthur Sinclair ... O'Brien
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Twala
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Sylvestra (as Arthur Goullett)
Tony Wane Tony Wane ... Infadoos (as Ecce Homo Toto)
Makubalo Hlubi Makubalo Hlubi ... Kapse
Mjujwa Mjujwa ... Scragga
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Storyline

Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. After surviving the desert they are found by natives and brought to their chief, Twala. Umbopa reveals himself to be the true heir to the tribal throne, having been exiled years earlier by Twala and the tribal witch, Gagool. Quartermain's only hope to gain access to the mines and the possible rescue of O'Brien is to try to help Umbopa regain his rightful place as chief. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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H. Rider Haggard's Mighty Spectacle


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Minas de Salomão See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording System at Shepherds Bush London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film changes Allan Quatermain's name to Allan Quartermain. It is because of this film, in which Anna Lee appears, that one of the characters in the soap opera "General Hospital" was named Allan Quartermain. Anna Lee, who played Lila Quartermain, the matriarch of the family on the show, requested it. See more »

Goofs

In the ceremony before the eclipse, there is inconsistency in the shadows, particularly that of Gagool in several shots. Generally, the sun is from the left, but in some shots Gagool's shadow indicates the sun is from the right. See more »

Quotes

Allan Quartermaine: Who are you?
Umbopa: I'm a man who looks for diamonds and hangs about your camp. That's what YOU said!
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Connections

Version of Watusi (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Kukuwana
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Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Paul Robeson's singing, as usual in his movies, elevates this version of King Solomon's Mines
7 February 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In reviewing people of color in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now in 1937 when once again-like the last two of his I reviewed-Paul Robeson is involved in a movie that takes place in a jungle with several tribal natives. Among them are Robert Adams and Ecco Homo Toto, both of whom previously appeared with Robeson in Song of Freedom. Anyway, the singer/actor is traveling with several Caucasian explorers like Allan Quatermain (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), Kathy O'Brien (Anna Lee), and her father, Patric (Arthur Sinclair). As usual, Robeson provides many compelling moments whenever singing especially when up a mountain that provides echos. Things don't really pick up until the last 30 minutes but if you don't mind some of the exposition that comes before that, you won't be bored. So on that note, this version of King Solomon's Mines is worth a look. P.S. The director is one Robert Stevenson who was married to Ms. Lee at the time and would later provide Walt Disney with some of his most successful live action features of which one of those, Mary Poppins, would get Stevenson his only Oscar nomination.


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