King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
Great action adventure through Africa starring Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr as they try to find the legendary titled location. It won Oscars for Color Cinematography & Editing and was also nominated for Best Picture by the Academy. I was so captivated by this story when I watched it in my youth that I couldn’t turn off the small B&W TV on which I was watching it and tolerated all the commercials & call-in contests from which I was besieged. All these years later I can honestly say that this film (and the fact that Star Wars (1977) was released in the same time-frame) was the seed from which my love for movies grew. It was directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton; H. Rider Haggard’s novel was adapted by Helen Deutsch. Richard Carlson (among others) also appears.
BTW they say you can’t go home again and now I know why. I watched this film again recently and was struck by what a chauvinistic (even mildly racist) point of view it had though it is still entertaining. The “special effects” are lacking by today’s standards though probably weren’t at that time.