King Solomon's Mines [DVD] [1950]

  • SKU: 6947101
  • Release Date: 01/11/2005
  • Rating: NR
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.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

Special Features


  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


King Solomon's Mines
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Stewart Granger
    Stewart Granger - Allan Quatermain
  • Deborah Kerr
    Deborah Kerr - Elizabeth Curtis
  • Richard Carlson
    Richard Carlson - John Goode
  • Hugo Haas
    Hugo Haas - Van Brun
  • Lowell Gilmore
    Lowell Gilmore - Eric Masters



Overall customer rating

3.3
67%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Before Out of Africa

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    Moviefan
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    I had seen this as a kid on TV and thought it was good back then. I am use to Stewart Grainger as a swashbuckler, but he carried off this role quite well - Deborah Kerr was not an asset as she was in the King and I, but the on location footage made this a fun show for the grandkids to see: no worries of language or unwanted scenes or of excessive violence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classy treasure hunt from the era gone bye !

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    123049
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    Africa as it once was looking for legendary treasure. Honor , bravery , and people telling the story well .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    defective DVD's (all 3)

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    DIANE42

    i ordered this DVD 3 times. All 3 DVD's were defective and had to be returned

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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