🎦 King Solomons Mines" full movie HD download (Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton) - Action, Adventure, Romance. 🎬
King Solomons Mines"
Action, Adventure, Romance
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Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
Hugo Haas as Van Brun aka Smith
Lowell Gilmore as Eric Masters
Siriaque as Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
Kimursi as Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Sekaryongo as Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Stewart Granger as Allan Quatermain
Deborah Kerr as Elizabeth Curtis
Richard Carlson as John Goode
Storyline: Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals, they fall in love. Will they find the lost husband and finish the nice connection?
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"A woman? A woman on safari?! No thank you!!" Allan Quatermain is about to learn a thing or two
Henry Curtis, an Englishman who arrived in Africa to search for the legendary King Solomon's mines, has not been heard from in two years. Now, in 1897, his wife, Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr), has arrived with her brother, John Goode (Richard Carlson), to find him. She will spare no expense, undertake any danger, to rescue her husband. Allan Quatermain (Stewart Granger), rugged, resourceful, decent and experienced, is just the big game hunter and old Africa hand she needs. It will take money, deposited up front, to overcome this widower's reluctance (he has a young son in England to provide for) to go on a dangerous wild goose chase. If her husband hasn't been heard of in two years, Quatermain tells Mrs. Curtis, he is undoubtedly dead. He also has doubts about her motives. They dislike each other on sight...but off into darkest Africa they go in one of Hollywood's grand adventure romances.

The adventure part, for modern audiences, may seem a bit old fashioned. The trio encounter stampeding zebras, strange tribes, spiders the size of saucers, slimy centipedes, army ants, lions, crocodiles...and, as Quatermain points out to Elizabeth Curtis and her brother, in Africa human beings are just meat like every other animal. Still, the on-location color photography is nicely done. It might have been unusual in 1950 but it still holds up well nearly sixty years later. The whole concept of Africa at the turn of the century as a place of Victorian imagination and danger is hard not to enjoy. Africa was a place of lost cities, lost Roman legions, lost fabulous treasures, and even an ancient, forever-young queen who ruled without mercy -- a kind of 'she-who-must-really-be-obeyed' She, as Horace Rumpole might say.

The romance part is handled with a great deal of charm. Elizabeth Curtis and Allan Quatermain find a good deal to bicker over, and bicker they do. Granger handles the he-man stuff with aplomb, and just as easily handles the back-and-forth with Kerr. It is Kerr, however, who brings delight to the movie. She's stuck with the requisite fainting and the turning away from death, but Kerr makes Elizabeth Curtis a woman with spine and character. Kerr shows us with subtlety how Curtis is beginning to learn from and enjoy her adventures, as frightening as they might seem at times. Her gradual appreciation of Quatermain is low key and endearing. Soon after King Solomon's Mines, MGM turned Deborah Kerr into a classic MGM-style lady. What a loss, although her skill and talent as an actress still shown through. For me, I'll remember Deborah Kerr best as Bridie Quilty in I See a Dark Stranger, Sister Clodagh in Black Narcissus and, much later, as Miss Giddens in The Innocents.

For poignancy, see if you can spot Hugo Haas. He plays a seedy, dirty renegade in an isolated African village. It's not much of a part but he handles it well. Haas in the Thirties was a popular and celebrated star in Czechoslovakia. He acted, wrote, directed and produced. He was his own man. When the Nazis took over he had to flee and went to America. There, he was an unknown with no celebrity. He had to start over, not an auspicious thing for a portly, round-faced actor with a sharp nose. His name meant nothing. He made something of a reputation as a character actor in usually not-so-good movies. Haas used his money in the Fifties to start making his own movies, starring, writing and directing, just like the creative force he had been in Czechoslovakia. The movies, however, were just cheap quickies, reeking of lurid story lines. He died in 1968, his reputation in tatters, homesick and depressed. Just for nostalgia, go to Youtube and type in Hugo Haas and look for the clips from his 1935 movie At Zije Neboztik. You'll find one with Haas in evening dress at the bar of a posh club. He sings/acts that great song "Me To Tady Nebavi." (No, I don't know what it means.) Hugo Haas could be very good.
A must for film/Hollywood history buffs
This one remains a classic in the history of the adventure film genre. I first saw it in the early 60's. As a child, the scenes of animals in their natural habitat and peoples of African cultures made a big impression. These are still worth seeing today, especially since the film has been restored. I bought the VHS version in the 1980's and the restoration wasn't so good. Too much blue and brown like colorized versions of B&W films. It was on t.v. about a month ago and the color was much better. Although the plot is predictable, the visual effects are still worth it 56 years later. Granger is a bit heavy-handed as the "great white hunter", especially in one scene where he peremptorily waves his hand for the "natives" to fall in and follow when he is not, in fact, in charge of the action being portrayed. Based on this film, I used to think Richard Carlson was British, not from the U.S.! My favorite scenes are of the men dancing in the Watusi village enclosure, and the hand-to-hand combat scene where Umbopa and his usurper cousin fight it out for the throne.

A bit of trivia: The music played at the beginning and end of the film is the exact same music played in the film "Mogambo".
The Voyage Only
You need to compare this to "Out of Africa" and "African Queen."

And it compares very poorly indeed. Four-fifths of this is the voyage across Africa with only two purposes: to show off the then novel footage of the place, and to portray the snotty, pretty woman loosening up and falling in love with the manly man. This part is dreary, without charm or rhythm. The only charm you might find is Deborah Kerr who to my mind is rather charming.

At the end, you'll find two rather unrelated sequences. One involves the mine and is staged like a cheap serial from the 30's. The other concerns a contested Watusi kingship. Except for the final spear throw, this is as fine as you get in terms of discovery photography of native people. Sure, it is staged and clean and exploitative, but rewarding non-the less.

Reminds me of a much better film of this native type: "Legong."

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
"I KNOW! Everybody funny... now YOU funny TOO!"
Remember this movie from when I was in middle school. What impact! Saw it with my uncle who was a local high school basketball coach and remember him saying "boy, wouldn't I like to have a couple of those tall guys (Watusi) playing for me. Sure looks like he wasn't alone, this movie may have been responsible for Dikembe Motumbo, etc. in the NBA, in a roundabout way. This movie may have been the first exposure to their existence for the majority of America. The plot really deviated from the book (read later) but not all that much from an artistic point of view. The book was written almost as a documentary, as I remember. Would have been quite boring and probably impossible to make or follow without some type of plot interest. The cinematography was the first thing that reached out and smacked you, from the opening credits with the name rolling across the screen through the unbelievable stampede scene (how the hell did they do that?) and all the way to the end. It may be true that some of the characters were a little weak and the plot was somewhat cheesy but come on!!! Whoever compares this to "Raiders" is probably too young to realize just what went into the making of the movie and forgets the technology advances and the fact that this was the first one, kind of set the standard. Absolutely no comparison... how can you compare the Mona Lisa to a photo of Julia Roberts? Give me a break!
Excellent adventure film.
Slower-paced than "Raiders of the Lost Ark," etc., but it's in that same vein, and I bet Lucas and Spielberg used this as one of their references for those films. Amazing and exotic footage of Africa - the stampede scene contains some of the most remarkable, exhilarating footage I've ever seen.

While the main characters are fairly stereotypical (the aloof hunter/guide who respects the wild more than his clients, the woman whose stubborn determination proves worthy of the guide's respect and love), the plot and especially the action make this an excellent adventure film.
Good solid safari flick, best of it's kind for that era.....
You already know what this one is about am sure if you are reading this.....so--the good stuff first, then the bad...


*Excellent believable Stewart Granger performance as the Great White Hunter. YES! That is how you play this guy. I don't think I have always appreciated Granger, my mistake. He's good.

*Deborah Kerr. Works for me--brittle imperious blueblood who thaws out and learns to appreciate living somewhat more. She played this kinda part a lot.

*Great location footage.

*Great wildlife stuff, the stampede, fire ants, lions, etc etc you know the drill.

*Impressive gamut of tribes and customs.

What's bad? Not much....:

*Kinda shrugging off of all those diamonds. C'mon guys that is why they were there in the first place. Following the guy who had gone after them first...Curtis. You get to the diamonds and have this 'AND?? Your point being?!' reaction.

*Marlon Perkins effect. Walk 4 feet, ooops here's a mamba snake. 3 more feet, there's a herd of lions. Duck here comes a python. Ooops there's a leopard outside the tent. And then there's the stampede.....Overkill guys, overkill. STampede a great scene, but you know what I mean--it's a zoological parade.

*Winced at seeing the elephants shot down.

*So they went from a deep jungle to the Sahara in 4 days?! Say what? Then go from there to some green plateau?! Huh? That..didn't quite hold water.

But that is about it for the complaints. I also enjoyed the pre-Raiders Boulder from hell and the overall journey...holds the interest and etc quite well throughout.

***1/2 do see it.
Scarier scares in this than you find in a horror movie.
I have to say about King Solomon's Mines is that it has some scary bits that you wouldn't find in a film, because, when suspense builds the event that is taking place is scary without any suspense music, because, you must just watch.

Here are a few examples of the scary parts:

The first one was when everyone was asleep and a leopard came out of nowhere and there was at least 10 seconds of it lurking at the side of the woman's tent.And then, it tries to rip through the side of the tent and the woman woke up and screamed and someone came to here rescue. Sheesh! When I saw that leopard, I could feel my heart thumping in my head!

The second one was when the woman was sleeping again BUT she was sleeping somewhere else on the adventure.And suddenly, a rock python came slithering down a broken branch ans slithered towards the women's dress. The women woke up and screamed. Her scream was so loud , I jumped.

The third one , was a stupid one. The woman was so angry she went behind a bush to take off her coat and this toy spider crept into her coat (it was suppose to be real, but I could see it wasn't).And when she came back, one of the men she was with saw the spider on her dress and whipped it off. Then the woman saw the spider and she fainted.

The fifth one was when they were all in a cave and got trapped by the a rock slide that covered the entrance of the cave when they saw someone's skeleton.

These were all the parts that scared me, especially the woman's scream.

A Classic Adventure Film
King Solomon's Mines is the second of the five film adaptations of the novel by Henry Rider Haggard.It stars Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger and Richard Carlson. Granger portrayed the fearless-explorer Alan Quartermaine, and Kerr was the spunky Irish lass who hires him on to locate her husband. Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton directed this 1950 film.

This was definitely an expensive remake of the classic film when it was released many years ago.The African scenery was something to behold.It was also an exciting and slam bang action film from beginning to end.Added to that,this could also be enjoyed by the whole family if seen today.Overall,this is definitely an adventure classic and remains one of the best adaptation of the Haggard's novel.
Lively and beautifully photographed film
While it could have done with more characterisation, King Solomon's Mines is a lively and beautifully photographed film. The cinematography and scenery is fabulous and the editing is crisp and Mischa Spolainsky's score is rousing and beautiful. The film goes along at a good pace, has a good script and has an engaging story full of animal action, frenzied tribesmen and sentimental love scenes. The direction from Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton is strong, while Stewart Granger is very likable and the lovely Deborah Kerr is watchable as she always was. In conclusion, a very good film worth seeing for the leads and the visuals. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Fantastic journey
A little old-fashioned by today's standards but still a watchable and entertaining dramatisation of H Rider Haggard's popular adventure which seems to borrow rather a lot from the story of David Livingstone's discovery by Stanley.

There aren't a great deal of bona-fide action sequences to speak of but the mystery of missing explorer Curtis's disappearance and the deepening of Stewart Granger's relationship with the missing man's wife Deborah Kerr, all set against an authentic African backdrop and their interaction with a variety of indigent tribesmen, keep the viewer interested.

The leads play off each other well within the confines of their stereotypical roles, Granger the commanding, aloof adventurer Quatermain and Kerr the initially starchy but also feisty Englishwoman abroad. Unfortunately she typifies the clichéd image of representing the weaker sex by screaming, fainting and falling down rather a lot. Richard Carlson is however very good as Kerr's common-sense brother.

The film location camera-work is generally good, particularly the night shots in the desert although there are, not surprisingly, a fair number of reaction shots of the leads intercut into scenes of danger and a fair number of not always successful process shots too. The local natives are happily given plenty of screen time, speaking in their own tongue more often than not, which adds a little to attempted authenticity.

It winds its way to a, being honest, less than nail-biting conclusion but in these days of C-Gen backgrounds, it was good to see this adventure in natural settings, although I'm willing to bet a fair number of animals were harmed in the production.
📹 King Solomons Mines" full movie HD download 1950 - Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore, Siriaque, Kimursi, Sekaryongo, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Richard Carlson, Baziga - USA. 📀