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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

retro trailer: ‘King Solomon’s Mines’

Take a look back at an old trailer…


This might be my most favoritest hyperbolic trailer ever. “Greatest adventure drama of the ages!” “Actual death fight of the pagan kings!” “Actually filmed in the savage heart of equatorial Africa.” And it’s all filmed on location “where no white woman had ever been before.”

Because nothing counts if white people aren’t involved.

King Solomon’s Mines is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.



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  • gensing

    I kinda wish they still made trailers like that – it might inspire me to go see some of the films. Lately most trailers turn me off completely, save for a few “art-house” films.

    Everything after “SPECTACULAR!” was, well, pretty spectacular – Sacred Dance of the Giant Watussi! Mad Charge of the Rogue Elephants! … and it just keeps getting better!

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    As regards King Solomon’s Mines: I saw this only once, when I was like 10, at a birthday party for a friend. I remember a single scene. There’s this bit where somebody springs a spike trap that impales him against a large wooden door.

    And then, this other guy yells out “Oh no, my door!”

    We re-wound that like 20 times and watched it over and over.

  • AJ

    I got to say I always liked this movie because I’ve always loved Deborah Kerr, plus I’ve had a thing for Stewart Granger for a long time. For all its hyperbole and non-existant pc-ness it is an enjoyable movie. I saw on TCM onetime a documentary short they played after the movie which showed the undertaking of MGM to film on location.

  • As regards King Solomon’s Mines: I saw this only once, when I was like 10, at a birthday party for a friend. I remember a single scene. There’s this bit where somebody springs a spike trap that impales him against a large wooden door.

    And then, this other guy yells out “Oh no, my door!”

    We re-wound that like 20 times and watched it over and over.

  • The spambot plagiarists are apparently restless tonight…

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