|WATUSI (director: Kurt Neumann; screenwriter: James Clavell/from the novel "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard; cinematographer: Harold E. Wellman; editor: William B. Gulick; cast: George Montgomery (Harry Quartermain), Rex Ingram (Umbopa), Taina Elg (Erica Neuler), David Farrar ( Rick Cobb), Dan Seymour (Mohamet), Robert Goodwin (Jim-Jim); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Al Zimbalist; MGM; 1959)|
the story becomes boring, as a consolation
you can always take in the gorgeous
landscape shot in lush Technicolor."
by Dennis Schwartz
A poor remake of King Solomon's Mines, which
is based on the H. Rider Haggard novel of
the same name. It's directed by Kurt
Deerslayer"/"Kronos"/"The Fly") and written by James
Clavell. What it does well is the skillful use
of the footage from the original.
this adventure film, set in 1919, in Africa, Harry Quartermain
(George Montgomery), son of famous
white hunter Allan Quartermain, seeks out his
father's close associate, former jungle guide Rick
Cobb, to help him follow in his father's
footsteps to the King Solomon's Mines to
bring back the valuable diamonds rumored to
be stored there that dad couldn't.
organizes the risky safari, retracing Allan's route
from twenty years ago. The guide is concerned
about crossing Watusi land, where the mines are
located. But Harry says he has no fear because dad
gave him a special medallion that was given to him
by the Watusi tribe who guard the mines. Also
because he was a captain in the
Scottish guard in the Great War and knows how to
the trail, they discover a German missionary killed
by natives and rescue his daughter,
Erica Neuler (Taina Elg), from
natives torturing her. When the trio burn down a
footbridge so the marauding natives can't follow, it
causes an animal stampede (taken from borrowed
footage). Further trouble comes when Harry has the
fever. But Erica treats him, and he's grateful.
Tension mounts when both men desire the beautiful
Erica. When they reach the mines, Harry presents the
medallion to the Watusi chief, Umbopa (Rex Ingram),
and the trio is allowed to explore the mines.
only surprises left are if the men will find the
diamonds and which man will Erica choose to wed.
If the story becomes boring, as a consolation you can always take in the gorgeous landscape shot in lush Technicolor.
REVIEWED ON 12/26/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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