King Solomonís Mines

Directors: Andrew Marton, Compton Bennett

Cast: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore, Kimursi, Siriaque, Sekaryongo, Baziga

In late 19th century southern Africa, Englishwoman Elizabeth Curtis (Kerr) hires reluctant professional hunter Allan Quatermain (Granger) to find her missing husband. Elizabeth is accompanied by her sympathetic brother, John Goode (Carlson). After tough negotiations, they set out on a safari to find Curtis, who vanished after going in search of a fabled treasure. Guided by a copy of Curtisí treasure map, said to reveal the location of King Solomonís mines, the expedition traverses stunning African terrain, from dense jungle to grassy plains, meeting various tribes and exotic animals along the way. The groupís bearers grow increasingly restive as they walk deeper into unknown lands. Although they find little trace of Curtis, and Quatermain is all for calling it quits and returning to civilization, Elizabeth is adamant to find her husband. Gradually, a bond of respect and affection forms between Elizabeth and Allan. Bearers, daunted by increasing perils, desert the expedition. Those remaining are forced to carry their own gear. From a particularly sinister tribe they learn that Curtis had passed through the area. Elizabeth realizes she has fallen in love with Allan, but is determined to continue the search for her husband. They press on bravely through the desert, joined by a tall and aloof African, Umbopa (Siriaque), who wishes to travel in the same direction for reasons of his own. The small group barely makes it past the desert and mountains marked on Curtisí map, eventually finding a greater danger and a dazzling treasure. Filmed on location in Africa. Based on the H. Rider Haggard novel of the same name.


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