Watusi (film)

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Watusi
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Original film poster
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by Al Zimbalist
Donald Zimbalist
Written by James Clavell
Based on King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Starring George Montgomery
Taina Elg
David Farrar
Rex Ingram.
CinematographyHarold E. Wellman
Edited byWilliam B. Gulick
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 1, 1959 (1959-07-01)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$485,000 [1]
Box office$1,545,000 [1]

Watusi (also known as King Solomon's Mines 2) is a 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film, It is the sequel to the 1950 film King Solomon's Mines . Like its predecessor, the film was directed by Kurt Neumann and starring George Montgomery, Taina Elg, David Farrar and Rex Ingram. It was produced by Al Zimbalist and Donald Zimbalist. The screenplay was by James Clavell loosely based on the novel King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard. [2]

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer American media company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. One of the world's oldest film studios, MGM's headquarters are located at 245 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

Adventure films are a genre of film that typically use their action scenes to display and explore exotic locations in an energetic way.

<i>King Solomons Mines</i> (1950 film) 1950 film by Andrew Marton, Compton Bennett

King Solomon's Mines is a 1950 Technicolor adventure film, the second of five film adaptations of the 1885 novel of the same name by Henry Rider Haggard. It stars Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger and Richard Carlson. It was adapted by Helen Deutsch, directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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Plot summary

Harry Quatermain (George Montgomery) is the son of Allan Quatermain who first set out on the quest for the source of Solomon's wealth, and he is determined to succeed where his father failed. He goes to Africa with his good friend Rick Cobb (David Farrar) and as they continue on their journey, Erica Neuler (Taina Elg) joins them. She is the daughter of a missionary who has been killed by a local tribe. Harry cannot hide his antagonism toward Erica. She is German, and Harry's mother was killed at sea by Germans in World War I. [3]

George Montgomery (actor) American actor and artist

George Montgomery was an American actor, painter, director, producer, writer, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman who is best remembered as an actor in Western film and television.

Allan Quatermain fictional character

Allan Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines and its sequels. Allan Quatermain was also the title of a book in this sequence. An English professional big game hunter and adventurer, in film and television he has been portrayed by Richard Chamberlain, Sean Connery, Cedric Hardwicke, Patrick Swayze and Stewart Granger among others.

David Farrar (actor) British actor

David Farrar was an English stage and film actor.

Cast

Taina Elg Finnish actress and singer

Taina Elisabeth Elg is a Finnish-American actress and dancer. She has appeared on stage, television, and in film.

Rex Ingram (actor) American actor

Rex Ingram was an American stage, film, and television actor.

Dan Seymour actor

Dan Seymour was an American character actor who frequently played villains in Warner Bros. films. He appeared in several Humphrey Bogart films, including Casablanca (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944) and Key Largo (1948).

Production

The film was originally known as Return to King Solomon's Mines and was the first movie produced for the studio by Al Zimablist since he signed a contract with them. Director Kurt Neumann had just made The Fly (1958) which was written by James Clavell and Clavell wrote the screenplay for this. Taina Elg was under contract to MGM at the time and had just made Les Girls for them. [4]

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James Clavell American novelist

James Clavell, was an Australian novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, a number of which have had television adaptations. Clavell also authored such screenplays as those for The Fly (1958) and The Great Escape (1963).

The film reuses some footage from a previous MGM adaptation of the novel, King Solomon's Mines (1950) starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.

Deborah Kerr Scottish film and television actress

Deborah Jane Trimmer CBE, known professionally as Deborah Kerr, was a Scottish-born film, theatre and television actress. During her international film career, she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the musical film The King and I (1956) and a Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as Laura Reynolds in the play Tea and Sympathy. She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.

Stewart Granger British actor

Stewart Granger was an English film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. He was a popular leading man from the 1940s to the early 1960s, rising to fame through his appearances in the Gainsborough melodramas.

During filming, Irma Neumann, wife of director Kurt, died. A few weeks after filming completed, the director himself died as well. [5]

Reception

Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $695,000 in the US and Canada and $850,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $79,000. [1]

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