King Solomon’s Mines (July 26, 1937)

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Released July 26, 1937: (running time 1 hour and 20 minutes) A young Irish lady leads an expidition into forbidden African land in search of her father and the lost diamond mines of Solomon.

Directed by Robert Stevenson

The Actors: Paul Robeson (Umbopa), Cedric Hardwicke (Allan Quatermain), Roland Young (Commander John Good, Royal Navy), Anna Lee (Kathleen O'Brien), John Loder (Sir Henry Curtis), Arthur Sinclair (Patrick 'Patsy' O'Brien), Robert Adams (Twala), Arthur Goullet (Sylvestra Getto), Tony Wane (Infadoos), Makubalo Hlubi (Kapse), Mjujwa (Scragga), Sydney Fairbrother (Gagool the witch doctor), Alf Goddard (Red), Frederick Leister (diamond buyer)

 

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Diamonds, The Black Son, the Black Sun, and the Angry Volcano

I could talk a long time about the amazing actor and singer Paul Robeson, but I won’t today because of the openly enabled bigotry in this current era of America. In the 1950’s when a U.S. Senator was searching for UnAmericans in movies, destroying the careers of many, a very famous actor whose name I will not mention told the Senate Committee that they should visit a Paul Robeson concert and arrest everyone attending if they wanted to rid the country of UnAmerican citizens - because of the color of Paul Robeson’s skin. While white singers were still painting their faces black, Paul Robeson sang on the few stages that would allow a black man to perform. So instead, today I will introduce you to the Matriarch of the American soap opera General Hospital.

Robert Stevenson directed “Mary Poppins,“ “The Love Bug,” and many earlier movies like this one. His wife at the time that this movie was produced was a British actress commonly referred to as “The British Bombshell,” and she is the “Indiana Jones” style leading lady in this treasure hunting adventure.

Joan Boniface Winnifrith was named for her ancestor, Saint Boniface. Her father’s ancestors were clergymen going back to a Benedictine monk name Winfrith from Devonshire. Her Godfather was author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and she was a life-long friend of his daughter Dame Jean Conan Doyle. With the blessing of her father, Joan’s passion was acting, and she acted in England using the name Anna Lee. She married the director of this adventure and later moved with him to the States, acting in Hollywood movies for more than thirty years.

Beginning in 1960 she made appearances in television shows, and in 1979 accepted the role of Lila Quartermaine in the afternoon show “General Hospital.” Barely a year into that role she was in a devastating auto accident that left her wheelchair bound, and for the next twenty-three years she continued to appear in the long-running television show in a wheelchair.

In this adventure she is the determined daughter of an Irish treasure hunter, and together they are in Africa searching for diamonds. When they failed to find diamonds, and were out of money, they begged a safari guide to give them a ride to the coast, so they could return to Ireland. This leads to that and her father discovers a map showing the location of King Solomon’s mines, and he sneaks off in the middle of the night to search for the treasure of King Solomon.

His determined daughter will steal the safari wagon and go in search of her father and the hidden treasures in King Solomon’s mines. Safari guide Allan Quartermain and the two hunters he is guiding will follow her into the forbidden desert, also in search of the great wealth marked on the treasure map. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee, Arthur Sinclair
Anna Lee, Arthur Sinclair
Anna Lee, Cedric Hardwicke
Anna Lee, Cedric Hardwicke
Anna Lee, Paul Robeson
Anna Lee, Paul Robeson
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Arthur Goullet
Arthur Goullet
Arthur Sinclair
Arthur Sinclair
Arthur Sinclair
Arthur Sinclair
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee
Cedric Hardwicke, Paul Robeson, Anna Lee
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee
Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
John Loder
John Loder
John Loder, Anna Lee
John Loder, Anna Lee
Anna Lee, John Loder
Anna Lee, John Loder
John Loder
John Loder
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
Robert Adams
Robert Adams
Robert Adams
Robert Adams
Roland Young
Roland Young
Roland Young, Cedric Hardwicke
Roland Young, Cedric Hardwicke
Roland Young
Roland Young
Sidney Fairbrother
Sidney Fairbrother
Sidney Fairbrother
Sidney Fairbrother