Before there was an Indiana Jones, there was Allan Quartermain, the stalwart hero of H. Rider Haggard's classic 1885 novel that's been filmed four times. Stewart Granger portrays Quartermain in this 1950 adaptation that was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award and won Oscars for Color Cinematography and Film Editing.
Deborah Kerr plays the prim Englishwoman who hires Quartermain to lead the hunt for her missing husband, even though no safari has ever returned from the uncharted regions their expedition must cross. Part adventure, part spectacle and filmed amid the awesome splendor and peril of untamed Africa, King Solomon's Mines is a film fan's treasure.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 18/07/2014 11:16:41
This must have been quite the revelation for 1950 audiences: an African adventure actually filmed in exotic Africa instead of a studio backlot. And while sensibilities have changed considerably over the years, particularly in relation to animal cruelty, racial stereotyping and (probably most annoying of all) the drippy character played by Deborah Kerr, this is still a bracingly good yarn. A party sets off to find a missing explorer, encountering all sorts of mishaps along the way, being without a studio hairstylist not being one of them. Gorgeously photographed in beautiful locations, this made a star out of Granger and his inability to wear a shirt.
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