June 17, 1937 in UK cinemas: King Solomon’s Mines

King_Solomon's_Mines-1937King Solomon’s Mines is a British adventure film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee, John Loder and Roland Young. The first of five film adaptations of the 1885 novel of the same name by Henry Rider Haggard, the film was produced by the Gaumont British Picture Corporation at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd’s Bush. Sets were designed by art director Alfred Junge. Although versions of King Solomon’s Mines were released in 1950 and 1985, this film offering is considered to be the most faithful to the book. [Wikipedia]

Fortune hunter Patrick O’Brien (Arthur Sinclair) has left his daughter Kathy (Lee) and guide Umbopa (Robeson) to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. WorriedCinema-UK-06-17-1937 about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain (Hardwicke) to lead a party to rescue him. After surviving the desert they are found by natives and brought to their chief, Twala (Robert Adams). Umbopa reveals himself to be the true heir to the tribal throne, having been exiled years earlier by Twala and the tribal witch, Gagool (Sydney Fairbrother). Quartermain’s only hope to gain access to the mines and the possible rescue of O’Brien is to try to help Umbopa regain his rightful place as chief. [IMDB]


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