King Solomon's Mines
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A strange wagon arrives at the camp of hunter Allan Quartermaine (Cedric Hardwicke), who's escorting a group of Europeans to the African coast. An unlucky Irish prospector goes off with the wagon, and a copy of a treasure map that supposedly leads to King Solomon's diamond mines. When Quartermaine refuses to go back after him, the prospector's daughter Kathy (Anna Lee) secretly makes off with his wagons.
Led by a mysterious native named Umbopa (Paul Robeson), the little group faces a trek across a blistering desert that no one has (supposedly) crossed alive. But when they do make it to the other side, they find that there is something even more dangerous -- a tribe of natives ruled by a ruthless chief, who has a very personal connection to Umbopa...
This is actually a pretty faithful adaptation of the original novel, with plenty of good-ish acting and startlingly good special effects. If there's a problem, it's that there's no real character development except for Umbopa, and for an adventure tale, it's actually rather low on appreciable action (although there's one good battle scene).
But it's a magnificent spectacle, and I can only imagine what it would have looked like in color. Sweeping deserts, big African villages, and even a climax that takes place INSIDE a volcano, complete with bubbling lava and collapsing tunnels.Read more ›
MGM /UA's DVD is a decent enough transfer considering the age of the material, but there are no extras.
More excitement and better plot line.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, but Paul Robeson breaking into song spooked me a little from believing in its historical accuracy. Worth a look, however.Published 21 months ago by James R. Hawkins
This is an old movie and looks it. It's not really good but if you enjoy watching old movies, like I do, it is worth one viewing.Published on October 14, 2013 by Holly
Darn. Right off the bat - it's AlLan QUATERmain, NOT ALan QuaRtermain. Of the five film versions of this novel, Cedric Hardwicke is the ONLY actor even roughly approximating... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Mark Shanks
I purchased this film for my mother as she is s huge fan of Paul Robeson. I thoroughly enjoyed the film myself & would highly recommend it to everyone. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Jamie Oates
The first of five (to date) adaptations of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel, the 1937 King Solomon's Mines hews closest to the source (apparently - I haven't read it) and is in many... Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Muzzlehatch