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King Solomon's Mines Details


MGM's expensive remake of the 1937 British adventure film 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 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. was filmed on location in Africa, which proved an excellent decision in the long run: for several years afterward, MGM adventure films like H. Rider Haggard (1959) and H. Rider Haggard (1973) were able to economically lift huge chunks of Technicolor stock footage from . The property would be remade once more in 1985, this time as an H. Rider Haggard rip-off starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 24, 1950


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph Winters Best Editing 1950 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Surtees Best Cinematography - Color 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Color Cinematography 1950 Winner


Stewart Granger
as Allan Quatermain
Deborah Kerr
as Elizabeth Curtis
Richard Carlson
as John Goode
Hugo Haas
as Van Brun
Lowell Gilmore
as Eric Masters
John Banner
as Austin
Andrew Marton
Henry Rowland
as Traum
John Banner
as Austin


Andrew Marton
Sam Zimbalist
Robert Surtees
Eric Maschwitz
Mischa Spoliansky
Ralph Winters
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer