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King Solomon's Mines (1950), Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas

One of the best classic adventure films, “King Solomon’s Mines” (1950) was wonderfully photographed and it was a big hit of the 1950s. It starred Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger and Richard Carlson, and it was directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton. This superb Technicolor production of the MGM studios tells the story of an adventurer who leads an expedition in a dangerous African territory, to find the explorer in his search for the famous diamond mines. Deborah Kerr, as lovely as ever, plays the role of the explorer’s wife, Elizabeth Curtis, who has a really difficult time in getting accustomed to the climate and difficulties of the long journey. The great lady even cuts her long, reddish hair in order to resist to the heat, but also to avoid being bitten by all sorts of flies. The African jungle is amazingly depicted in this film, and you will certainly have some exciting moments while watching the African tribes, as well. This fascinating motion picture won two Academy Awards, for Best Cinematography (it also won a Golden Globe at this category) and Best Film Editing, and it was nominated for Best Picture. “King Solomon’s Mines” is a great classic, and that is why there were several remakes after it, but I prefer the original of 1950, even more because it has such a wonderful couple, Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger, who would re-team in other two classics, “The Prisoner of Zenda” and “Young Bess”.

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