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Valley of the Kings (1954)

14 | | Adventure | 23 July 1954 (USA)
In 1900, in Egypt, archaeologist Mark Brandon is asked by Ann Mercedes to find the tomb of Ra-Hotep but their quest is marred by intrigue, betrayal, murder and danger.

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Robert Pirosh
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Mark Brandon
Eleanor Parker ... Ann Mercedes
Carlos Thompson ... Philip Mercedes
Kurt Kasznar ... Hamed Backhour
Victor Jory ... Tuareg Chief
Leon Askin ... Valentine Arko
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Father Anthimos
Samia Gamal ... Dancer
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Storyline

Hard-boiled archeologist Mark Brandon is searching for ancient tombs in Egypt when he is approached by beautiful Ann Mercedes, who convinces him to help her fulfill her deceased father's life's ambition - to provide solid proof of the biblical Joseph's travels in ancient Egypt. As an ex-pupil of Ann's father Mark accepts and the two embark on a search for the tomb of the Pharoah Ra Hotep, said to have had some connection with Joseph. The trail to the tomb is fraught with intrigue, betrayal, murder and the possibility that the tomb itself has been emptied of all its artifacts by ancient looters. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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M-G-M's Spectacular Romance Filmed in Egypt! See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

23 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het dal der koningen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Sinai, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,065,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,591,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,305,000, 31 December 1954
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Although it was announced that Sam Zimbalist would produce the film, the motion picture was released without a producer credit since the film's producer wished to remain anonymous. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, inside the inner tomb of Ra Hotep, Robert Taylor reads an inscription that mentions a seven-year drought affecting the corn crop. Corn is native to the New World and would not have been present in ancient Egypt. See more »

Quotes

Mark Brandon: [Said to Ann Mercedes] I've never seen it fail with self-centered people: they always have some sort of noble excuse for themselves.
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Soundtracks

Dance of Gamal
(uncredited)
Music by Atia Sharara
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Comments on Valley of the Kings
24 May 2005 | by anne-maSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed looking at both actors. Robert Taylor with his piercing blue eyes and handsome profile. It was a real pleasure just to look at him. And Eleanor Parker is Eleanor - always beautiful, calm and elegant as ever.

The chemistry between Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker was very good. I felt the characters themselves were well-portrayed.

The only let-down was the plot and the Director.

It started so well but you find that some situations did not make sense and you felt the direction of the film was everywhere and going nowhere. It didn't flow jumping from one place to another then started to lag half-way through the movie.

The budding romance between Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker didn't make sense either. I mean if you were Eleanor's husband would you leave her constantly with Robert Taylor shouldn't the husband be more attentive. He was practically throwing them together and didn't seem too unhappy when her affections had changed direction. Such one dimensional character is almost too painful to watch.

It was then pretty obvious from the beginning who the villain would be but watching Philip Mercedes against Robert Taylor, well it was just too obvious.

It was such a shame considering this film had so much potential and who knows, with a better Director and stronger plot this could have turn into a box-office hit.


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