Classic adventure film based on the H. Rider Haggard novel.
Kathy O'Brien convinces explorer/adventurer Alan Quatermain to lead a small rescue party to search for her father who abandoned her to find the fabled diamond mines of King Soloman.
Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an effort to locate Elizabeth Curtisí husband Henry, who was searching for King Solomonís legendary treasure. Along the way they encounter a variety of wild animals including snakes, a leopard and a rhino. Quartermain isnít keen on having a woman on the expedition and he and Elizabeth quarrel regularly. Elizabeth and her husband were not very fond of one another and her expedition is driven by her own guilt. She and Quartermain fall in love but survival becomes their goal when they meet dangerous tribesmen.
Running Time: 80 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: Passed
This colorful outdoor story is great entertainment and has excellent work by Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr. The spare plot involves a search for a woman's missing husband which leads eventually to a diamond mine in a distant province. The safari braves assorted dangers along the way from wild animals and savage tribesmen, and the film captures the beautiful vistas of the African plains and exotic animals in their natural habitat. Richard Carlson is along as a member of the safari, as are two natives who provide fine characterizations as the plot unfolds. This picture doesn't have a music score but does have instead the drums and chants of the tribesmen that provide an authentic accompaniment to the film. Robert Surtees received an Academy Award for his excellent cinematography for this movie. NewEnglandPat (Virginia)
CAST & CREW:
Deborah Kerr as Elizabeth Curtis
Stewart Granger as Allan Quatermain
Richard Carlson as John Goode
Hugo Haas as Van Brun a.k.a. Smith
Lowell Gilmore as Eric Masters, District Commissioner
Kimursi as Khiva, Chief Bearer in Red Fez (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Siriaque as Umbopa, Tall Prince-in-Exile
Sekaryongo as Chief Gagool, Witch-like Guide to Diamond Mines
Baziga as King Twala, Usurper (as Baziga of the Watussi Tribe)
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