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King Solomon's Mines Details

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The first of three talkie versions of H. Rider Haggard's adventure novel H. Rider Haggard was produced by British Gaumont. While Cedric Hardwicke plays the nominal leading role of explorer Alan Quartermaine, top billing goes to African-American singing-star Paul Robeson, who plays dauntless native- guide Umbopa. The plot gets under way when Anna Lee organizes an expedition to locate her father, who has disappeared in the wilds of Africa while searching for King Solomon's Mines, a legendary diamond repository. Umbopa's motivation for guiding the expedition is to reclaim the tribal throne wrested from him by treacherous witch-doctor Gagool (Sidney Fairbrother). At first treated as white gods by the natives, the explorers soon find their lives imperiled. Thanks to Umbopa's know-how, the whites are saved from a horrible death and the evil tribesmen are overthrown. As for King Solomon's Mines, Quartermaine and his party finally locate the fabled diamond cache--and then fate deals an ironic hand, as fate has a habit of doing. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Paul Robeson
as Umbopa
Cedric Hardwicke
as Allan Quatermain
Roland Young
as Commander Good
John Loder
as Henry Curtis
Anna Lee
as Kathy O'Brien
Frederick Leister
as Wholesaler
Alf Goddard
as Red

Crew

Robert Stevenson
Director
Roland Pertwee
Screenwriter
Charles Bennett
Screenwriter
Ralph Spence
Screenwriter
Cyril Knowles
Cinematographer
Bernard Knowles
Cinematographer
Glen MacWilliams
Cinematographer
Mischa Spoliansky
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Levy
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Gordon
Editor
Alfred Junge
Art Director
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