KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950) C 102m dirs: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
w/Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore, Kimursi, Siriaque, Sekaryongo, Baziga, Munto Anampio
Better than the 1937 version with Paul Robeson, this is a rousing adventure tale of a white hunter guiding a party through darkest Africa. The authentic jungle locales are filmed magnificently. There's enough action and suspense for all. Excellent entertainment.
From Variety 's review of the film: "King Solomon's Mines has been filmed against an authentic African background, lending an extremely realistic air to the H. Rider Haggard classic novel of a dangerous safari and discovery of a legendary mine full of King Solomon's treasure.
"The standout sequence is the animal stampede, minutes long, that roars across the screen to the terrifying noise of panic-driven hoofbeats. It's a boff thriller scene.
"Cast-wise, the choice of players is perfect. Stewart Granger scores strongly as the African hunter who takes Deborah Kerr and her brother (Richard Carlson) on the dangerous search for her missing husband. Kerr is an excellent personification of an English lady tossed into the raw jungle life, and Carlson gets across as the third white member of the safari."
Oscars awarded for Best Color Cinematography and Editing. Also nominated for Best Picture.