King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Stars: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, Anna Lee
Director: Robert Stevenson
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Language: English
Color:  Black and White
Format:  DVD-R
Rating: NR

Price: $9.95

King Solomon's Mines

Directed by Robert Stevenson

Paul Robeson .... Umbopa
Cedric Hardwicke .... Allan Quartermaine
Roland Young .... Cmdr. Good
Anna Lee .... Kathleen 'Kathy' O'Brien
John Loder .... Sir Henry Curtis
Arthur Sinclair .... Patrick 'Patsy' O'Brien
Robert Adams .... Twala
Arthur Goullet .... Sylvestra Getto
Ecce Homo Toto .... Infadoos
Makubalo Hlubi .... Kapse
Mjujwa .... Scragga

Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. This is a very fine adventure film, with much to recommend it. Plenty of excitement, a little romance, and a few well-sung songs help push the plot along. Footage shot in Africa enhance the atmosphere of this Gaumont-British film. 80 Minutes

Transferred from a pristine 35mm and presented with a Dolby Digital soundtrack.

Receiving no screen credit, stage actress Sydney Fairbrother is nothing short of terrific as the ancient, filthy witch doctor Gagool, `older than the memory of the oldest man.' The scene in which she stalks about, calmly choosing those to instantly die, is a classic of mounting terror.

Mr. Robeson uses his magnificent voice in three songs: `Walk! Walk!', `Climbin' Up' & `Kukuwana'.