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  • I've given this film a 7 rating, which is much higher than most of the other IMDb participants who have expressed themselves. Frankly, I thoroughly enjoyed "Valley of the Kings." Its strong points definitely outweigh its shortcomings.

    True, this is in a sense a very glossy and high budget version of a pulp adventure story. But the Egyptian locations and the color photography are worth watching. The acting, while not exceptional, is adequate; Taylor and Parker are especially appealing to the eye.

    "Valley of the Kings" is an example of what Hollywood was trying to do (big names, wide screen, lush color photography, exotic location shooting, etc.) in the 50s to convince customers to turn off the TV and drive down to their neighborhood movie house. Do not expect to see a precursor to Indiana Jones. Taylor's character is no college professor who occasionally trades in his tweed coat for a leather jacket and bull-whip. He's a rough and tumble type who has picked up his archaeological knowledge while working on construction projects in Egypt.

    Eleanor Parker is, as always, good to look at as the daughter of an Egyptologist who is determined to prove her father's hypothesis. The story is perhaps not exceptional, but it will hold your interest.

    No one will mistake "Valley of the Kings" for "Lawrence of Arabia." But it is a solid entertainment that you will enjoy more than some of the overblown, hugely expensive productions that stumble out of Hollywood these days.
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    "Valley of the Kings" shapes up as an exciting but familiar story, lacking imagination, about archaeologists and pharaoh's tombs...

    Desert people, sand storms, caravans of giant camels, typical Faiyum oasis, chase of carriages in the crowded streets of Al-Qahirah (The Victorious) known as Cairo, old markets and antique shops, the Nile, Saint Catherine's Greek Orthodox monastery (situated on the inspiring Mount Sinai), the Pharaonic Temple of Luxor, the grandeur of the Great Sphinx and the 3 great pyramids of Giza (Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure), give a proper ambiance to a mysterious tale...

    Robert Pirosh's direction is strong and well-developed, and the thrilling natural settings steal the picture...

    Taylor—an attractive masculine grace against wide vistas and bright skies, shortly finds himself forced to prove his courage with fists and even swords, climaxing in a murderous struggle with Carlos Thompson on the highest peak of one of the four gigantic statues of the great pharaoh Ramesses II, at the Great Temple of Abu Simbel... But Eleonor Parker's acting had more fire in it... She emits, on the screen, a source of radiant energy of a young woman who knows exactly where, and with whom, she wants to be...

    Thompson, suitably menacing and malicious, provides the excitement as it seems he is in association with dangerous vicious Egyptian grave robbers who sell tomb treasures on the black markets...

    Kurt Kasznar is evil and trouble as his sinister ally... Leon Askin plays both sides as a coward dealer in antiques, and Victor Jory is a frightening attraction as he tries to win Taylor in desert swordplay... One of the great Egyptian belly dancers of the 50's, the talented Samia Gamal, gives to the atmosphere a graceful touch in proportions and techniques, style and attitude...

    If you like to take a tour of this beautiful country and see wonderful sites of an ancient land, temples, tombs, treasures and secrets forever cherished within your mind, and you love to see the legendary Robert Taylor singing in Arabic in a relaxing moment aboard a Nile sailing boat, don't hesitate to watch this film—thin as drama with little action and suspense but loaded with splendid locations...
  • bkoganbing16 November 2008
    Eleanor Parker has come to Egypt at the turn of the last century to seek the help of two fisted archaeologist Robert Taylor. Given this man's readiness to duke it out with friend or foe, he might well have been Sean Connery's father and Harrison Ford's grandfather. Maybe on Sean's mother's side accounting for the name change.

    Parker's mission is to prove a theory of her late father that there is some archaeological proof of the biblical story of Joseph and they've identified a Pharaoh who might have been the one in charge at the time Joseph was doing his prognosticating from his dreams. She convinces Taylor and her husband Carlos Thompson to go to the Valley Of The Kings and seek the proof.

    Our archaeologists run into a lot of opposition from Tuareg leader Victor Jory, antiquities dealer Kurt Kaszner, and even from Thompson who's in it for whatever loot he can acquire and smuggle. One of the plot weaknesses is that Thompson's villainy is revealed too early. Let's a lot of the suspense out of Valley Of The Kings.

    Valley Of The Kings is a gorgeously photographed film on location in Egypt in the real Valley Of The Kings. Taylor and Parker were in their second of three films they made together and they were an item while Taylor was in between marriages to Barbara Stanwyck and Ursula Thiess. The attraction is quite obvious.

    There is also a wonderfully staged climatic fight on top of one of the tombs between Taylor and Thompson. Valley Of The Kings is an entertaining enough film, that could have used a better written story for its cast of talented players.
  • In 1900 Egypt, an American archaeologist (Taylor) has a race with a rival exploitive British adventurer-explorer (Thompson) to find the fabulous [fictional] lost tomb of King Rahotep, a Pharaoh who may have known the Israelite Joseph, in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Matters are complicated by unscrupulous Egyptian Arab black market antiquities dealers (in fine performances by character actors Victor Jory, Kurt Kasznar, Leon Askin) and the romance of a beautiful British Egyptologist (Parker) who arrives on the scene. The plot and story are contrived and melodramatic, but the production values, locations, acting, dialog, music score by the master Miklos Rozsa, and visual effects are superb. In other words, it makes up in style what it loses in content. Filmed partly on location in Egypt, in Cairo, the Giza Pyramids, Sakkara, Karnak and Luxor (the Great Temple of Amenhotep III), and the Valley of the Kings. Of particular interest is a fight scene staged atop one of the four colossi of King Ramoses II the Great at the Temple of Abu Simbel: part of it was filmed on location; part of it was replicated in the MGM studio soundstages with clever matte photography and grandiose sets. Climactic scene is the discovery of the splendiferous tomb of King Rahotep – full of art objects replicated from the artifacts found in the actual tomb of King TutankhAmen – in the Valley of the Kings. [Special note: there actually was a Pharaoh named Rahotep, who lived during the 17th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, circa 1750 B.C. and could have known sephardic Israelites like Joseph, who most likely lived circa 1850 B.C.] The Technicolor is beautiful. Highly enjoyable action romance. Great fun for fans, Egyptologists, and film addicts who just want to enjoy a good old fashioned yarn.
  • Valley of the Kings is directed by Robert Pirosh who also co-writes the screenplay with Karl Tunberg. It is suggested by historical data garnered from the book "Gods, Graves and Scholars" written by C. W. Ceram. It stars Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson, Kurt Kasznar and Victor Jory. Music is scored by Miklós Rózsa and cinematography by Robert Surtees.

    The earth holds few treasures which have stimulated man's imagination - - and his greed - - - as much as the tombs of the rulers of ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs. This is the story of the search for the most fabulous tomb of them all. It begins near Cairo in 1900...

    A tour of the marvellous sights of Egypt, with a tomb hunt and love triangle in the middle! That's how Valley of the Kings has often been likened too over the years, which while that has some semblance of truth, because Surtess and Pirosh's location work is that good, it detracts from the good human drama forming the narrative. There's some dastardly goings on in the mix, smouldering passions and a determination from Miss Parker's character to prove right her deceased father's notion that biblical Joseph was in Egypt at Ra-Hotep's reign. Action is not in short supply and the journey under taken by the principals is wrought with dangers of the human and nature kind. Cue sandstorm, scorpion, duel in the sand, horse drawn buggy chase, rooms of skulls, catacombs, knuckle fight on top of a statue, hieroglyphics and clues etched onto stone tablets! Everything you want for a sand swept adventure really.

    Some back story.

    It certainly should have been better, but there were many issues behind the scenes that didn't help. Pirosh himself felt that had he been allowed to develop the story how he saw fit then a better film would have been born out. He was being badgered by MGM chief Dore Schary, who along with his right hand man, Charles Schnee, were demanding script changes. Didn't help that there were frictions in the cast as well. Taylor and Parker had had an affair previously when making Above and Beyond in 1952, here in 54 Taylor was involved with actress Ursula Thiess, sure enough Taylor and Parker resumed their affair (one only has to see an amazing kiss scene to know this!). Thiess went off and made Taylor jealous elsewhere, which worked as Taylor left a crestfallen Parker to marry Thiess just as Valley of the Kings was being released. Amazingly, Parker would re-team with Taylor the following year for Many Rivers to Cross! Actors eh! Pirosh quit directing in 57, citing a distaste for behind the scenes power struggles as his primary reason for quitting.

    Those in search of a high energy treasure hunt type picture will be disappointed here. Thought to be one of the 1954 films to influence Lucas/Spielberg for Indiana Jones, this is not frenetically paced stuff. Characters are afforded time to tell the story, the high energy points are placed selectively as the plot unfolds. But with enough twists and sub-plots along the way, the film thankfully is never dull. And of course there's the fabulous work of Surtees and Parker's beauty to marvel at as well! 7/10
  • Decent and breathtaking film about Egypt , ancient discoveries , mysterious tombs , Pharaons and anything else .As a tough archeologist called Mark Brandon : Robert Taylor , is searching for old tombs and Pharaoh Rahotep when is approached by gorgeous Ann : Eleanor Parker , who asks him for help , as they have to find clues that provide solid evidences of the Bíblical Joseph's travels in ancient Egypt. Later on , they join her hubby Philip , Carlos Thompson , though he does seem a little upset when Mark and Ann began making goo-goo eyes at each other. All of them embark on a risked travel plenty of thrills , treason , attacks , double-crosses , and killings . As Ann would like to prove that some Bible stories are, in fact, true while her husband is supposed to be helping Mark but is only out for himself.

    The first Hollywood movie ever filmed on location in Egypt, as the natural backdrop is riveting and look mighty hot and to add refreshing touches of action to those parched desert sands . It turns out to be a workmanlike and sometimes thrilling flick that just lacks the surges of real excitement that might have turned into an adventure classy. An amazing , timely and thrilling story very well set in Egypt . On the whole this Valley of the Kings results to be a pretty good movie. It contains a twisted intrigue about an adventurer archeologist and a married woman to find the tomb of a Pharaoh , both of them undertake a dangerous journey through pyramids , deserts , the busy Cairo , and underground vaults plenty of tombs. Some scenes where two-fisted adventurer Robert Taylor shows up may well have influenced Spielberg when he came to shot similar pieces for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Two top-boxoffice players , Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker, the latter proves to be a cool beauty. They are finely accompanied by a nice plethora of secondary actors such as Carlos Thompson , Kurt Kasznar , Victor Jory as a Bedouin Tuareg , Frank de Kova , Laurette Luez and Leon Askin

    Rousing and impressive musical score by the classic composer Miklos Rozsa who realizes an attractive soundtrack in his usual style . It contains a colorful and evocative ciematography in Eastmancolor by Robert L Surtees, along with marvelous production design by Cedric Gibbons , MGM usual . Shot in Egypt and showing real monuments and pyramids .Including sightseeing from Abu Simbel, its wonderful exteriors and interior , formerly having been buried under lake Nasser for the building of the Aswan dam . This spectacular place was subsequently cut into large blocks , moved and transported uphill at late 60s to save it from being flooded. There , at Abu Simbel , takes place an overwhelming fighting between two protagonists , Robert Taylor and Carlos Thompson, to get their purports . Other locations include Great pyramids Giza , Keops , Kefren , Mizerinos and pyramid of Zoser , Cairo , Luxor , Mount Sinai with Monastery of Saint Catalina , Suez Egypt , Faiyum and Libya. The motion picture was professionally directed by Robert Pirosh , though it has some flaws , failures and gaps . Pirosh was a decent writer as Quaterback , I married a witch , Son of the Islands , Wizard of Oz , Battleground , Winning ticket , and director who shot a few films as Spring reunion , The girl Rush , Washington story. Rating 6/10 . Acceptable and passable . Well worth watching .
  • Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker as turn-of-the-century archaeologists in Egypt make a handsome couple in this beautifully-photographed MGM production. Their hunt for a pharaoh's lost tomb and their growing attraction to each other provide a number of good moments but the real stars here are the monuments of Egypt -- including a visit to St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai. The rousing fist-fight between Robert Taylor and Carlos Thompson on the crown of one of the Abu Simbel statues is a glorious moment.
  • 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.
  • This Classic film from 1954 was created by MGM and lots of money was put into its production. The photography in Egypt and the many historic sites are outstanding and this was done mainly because Television had taken hold of many families and they were staying home and watching their TV Screens in 1954 instead of going to the movies. Robert Taylor, (Mark Brandon) was an archaeologist in Egypt and was a rough and tough man who loved adventure. Eleanor Parker,(Ann Barclay Mercedes) meets up with Mark in order to hire him to explore some ruins which will confirm that the Bible story about Joseph were true. There is plenty of romance and dangerous sand storms and plenty of riding on camels backs through out the desert and secret tombs and secret doors.
  • Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker make a handsome couple in this story about an archaeologist agreeing to search for holy relics in an Egyptian tomb, lured by the beautiful Parker. She's married to Carlos Thompson who goes along on the desert adventure and it's easy to guess what the outcome will be as the plot develops.

    The story ingredients are promising, but the picture takes a long time to get to its most suspenseful moments, including a climactic fistfight between Taylor and Thompson at the top of ancient ruins that is artfully staged for maximum effect. Too bad more time wasn't spent developing the slow-paced script which hardly matches the effectiveness of the location photography in Egypt and the striking score by Miklos Rozsa.

    Fans of Taylor and Parker will enjoy seeing them together, both at their physical peak and demonstrating some good chemistry as romantic leads. He's ruggedly convincing as the Alpha-male archaeologist but the story isn't up to the level of a similar yarn Metro did previously, "King Solomon's Mines." Summing up: A weak script is the real problem.
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    Stars Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson And Kurt Kasnar.

    Released in 1954, this is a highly enjoyable adventure film and a document in time. The fifties saw the rise of television programs and people were staying home in the evenings to watch TV shows like I Love Lucy and Syd Ceasar's late night comedy show. Technicolor films, like this one, with attractive actors, exotic locales and exciting themes, were made to lure people into the movie theaters once again. Robert Taylor was a big star and his taking part in this film is an obvious attempt to draw his fans. Here he portrays the macho archaeologist Mark Brandon, and let's remember this is decades before Harrison Ford took up a whip and sought the Lost Ark in the Indiana Jones movies in the 80's. He is witty, intellectual and relies on both his smarts and his fists. He does a wonderful job and his fans must have been delighted to see him in an action/adventure film. His co-star and romantic interest is Eleanor Parker. If you don't know who she is, she played the cynical, wealthy Baroness Schreider in 1964's The Sound of Music, in which she was Julie Andrew's rival. Eleanor Parker is a willful, beautiful woman named Anne Barclay Mercedes whose dying father's wish was to find archaeological evidence of the Biblical Joseph's life in ancient Egypt. Carlos Thompson plays Anne's husband Phillip. Along with Brandon they journey into Cairo, risk their lives, go on a carriage chase through the marketplace, weather a sand storm, fight enemies and discover ancient tombs and treasures. The Arabic actor Kurt Kaznar plays the villain. Too bad at this time Americans still looked at Middle Eastern people as villainous. Kaznar's character fits the stereotype down to the last detail. But its' fun to watch Hamed Backour plot and lose against Robert Taylor. The cinematography is gorgeous. In black and white, this film would not have had the same impact, for we are treated handsomely to a visual feast of colorful silks, turbans, Egyptian treasures, the Statues at Abu-Simbel, deserts, caravans and all kinds of exotica. The music is melodramatic and pulsing with excitement. For fans of these types of adventure films. Collect it along with the Indiana Jones and The Mummy films.
  • I first saw this film when it was released in the UK. I was thirteen at the time. It will always be a favourite because it sparked off what was to become one of my greatest passions: anything and everything to do with Ancient Egypt and its remarkable impact on the imagination, ambition and sometimes greed of every civilisation that succeeded it. Yep, Robert Taylor was perhaps out of place but Eleanor Parker made up for the weaknesses and foibles of the plot. It's just a good, old-fashioned romp.
  • There's lots to like in this movie. I think it deserves a much higher average viewer rating than six! Among the pluses here: Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker are at the top of their game. Both give subtlety and nuance to their performances, especially Parker. She is clearly a very fine actress, as well as being rivetingly beautiful. More pluses: simply outstanding visuals of actual ancient Egyptian ruins. This is not a long movie---just 85 minutes--and wisely, we stay in Egypt for the whole story. No cutaway scenes back in London or anything like that. This is good, solid entertainment. The good characters are good and the bad characters are bad. Period. That's how I like it. The movie tells the story at an unhurried pace. It holds the interest, without resorting to a big set piece scene every few minutes. I like that a lot; current films have become way too predictable that way. Check this movie out. It's worth seeing.
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    I think this is an underrated film.

    To begin with, how many films of the general era...about Egypt...were actually filmed in Egypt? Bingo. The photography here is quite good, and you see many of the greatest Egyptian archaeological sites as they were over 60 years ago.

    Second, while there is a hint of romance between stars Eleanor Parker and Robert Taylor, the writers didn't let that fester to the point where it ruined the mystery story...which is what this really is.

    But, of course, we have to remember that this is fiction, and as it is presented it's a pretty fair mystery story.

    Robert Taylor is believable here as the grave robber turned serious archaeologist, and he is well-paired with Eleanor Parker as the daughter of a famous archaeologist, and an archaeologist herself. Carlos Thompson, with whom I was not familiar, was "okay" as Parker's husband...and the primary villain of the story. Kurt Kasznar was pretty good as the crooked dealer in antiquities; later in his career he was sort of stereotyped into a lot of roles somewhat reminiscent of this. Many have missed that it was Victor Jory as one of the nomads, although the voice and the eyes gave it away.

    The on thing that really detracted from this film is the lack of a good restoration. Some scenes were apparently not restored at all, and others were restored until transitions, which seem to have been ignored during the restoration process.

    I liked it. Certainly far better than most such Egyptian stories put to film!
  • Mystery, crime, history, adventure, romance, action, and heroism all neatly wrapped up in this 1954 film classic which in my opinion did not get the public credit it so justly deserves. Actor Robert Taylor played archaeologist and tomb hunter Mark Brandon, who "IS" the original Indiana Jones minus the great musical score penned by John Williams in Raiders of the Lost Ark. John Williams revolutionized the film industry by engaging his audiences in his films' even before the first words and/or scene(s) were even spoken and continued to capture his audiences as the films end credits continued to roll, but I digress.

    Back to the Valley of the Kings we have a film that also engages its audience with the entry of a beautiful Mrs. Ann Barclay Mercedes played by the lovely Eleanor Parker. Mrs. Ann Barclay Mercedes always seemed to be over dressed for travelling in the desert but she came to the Valley of the Kings to honor her deceased archaeologist father who believed there was still one Kings tomb that remained to be discovered. So Mrs. Ann Barclay Mercedes traveled with her husband Philip Mercedes played by Carlos Thompson to the Valley of the Kings to seek the assistance of the well known archaeologist Mark Brandon.

    It isn't long before we realize that Ann's husband Philip has nefarious intentions and thus he himself opens the door for Ann to be torn between her (new) love for tomb hunter and archaeologist Mark Brandon and her marriage commitment to her husband Philip.

    The scenes throughout the film were expansive which helped make the film feel as if we were on a real Valley of the Kings tomb expedition. Of course there were dozens of camel rides, sandstorms, a sword fight with a native and a significant treasure hunt for a King's tomb. I have watched this film three times and it never gets tiring. Eleanor Parker, Robert Taylor and Carlos Thompson as the villainous husband and cad were all scene stealers who kept the film going at a rapid and interesting pace. I rate the film a strong 8 out 10 and it is well worth watching (at least twice) if you have an adventurous spirit.
  • I watched the newly-released DVD version of this film from Amazon, and I was thrilled with the quality. After all, this is a 60+ year-old film, and the color is still outstanding. It isn't a great film; the plot is a run-of-the-mill adventure story, and I always found Robert Taylor to be a wooden actor. But Eleanor Parker's lovely face more than compensates, and the real star of the show is Egypt itself. Long before Egypt fell into political turmoil, this film showcased many of the country's legendary attractions. Filmed on location, the movie incorporates beautiful views of the Sphinx, the pyramids of Gizeh, the legendary Mena House Hotel, St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai, the temples of Luxor, the Sahara Desert, and the Abu-Simbel temples. If you are a sucker for romantic locales, a good fistfight, and enjoyable escapist fare, then this one is worth your money and your Saturday afternoon.
  • Nice colour photography in Egyptian locations helps this rather lame story shine a little more than it would had it been entirely studio bound, and the locations scenes are certainly the most interesting aspects of this melodramatic yarn. Eleanor Parker is admirable, as always, and Robert Taylor merely...Robert Taylor, as always, but none of the characters really grab enough of our attention or hold our interest, and the plot is hardly interesting enough to bother about. A stronger story and script would have made a huge difference and put the film in a much more memorable bracket. But there are some genuinely exciting moments, particularly in the second half of the film, and the film makes great use of the Egyptian locations in ways that I doubt would be allowed today. A perfectly watchable little adventure, but don't expect too much.
  • jvdesuit127 June 2014
    Although not a cult movie, Valley of the kings is a nice entertaining movie. For me it has a special flavor as I had left definitely Egypt 3 years before to settle with my parents in Paris.

    I saw the movie when it was released in Paris in 1954. I enjoyed it. It was the occasion to see those magnificent temples and especially Abu Simbel where is shot one of the main scenes. At that time the Assuan Dam had not provoked the disastrous effects we know today nor obliged to move the temple. The faces of Ramses II were not spoiled by the cuts visible today due to the move in several sections of this splendid masterpiece of art and architecture.

    It is worth seeing such a movie with a good cast and dream a little to what was the shock in those times for the lucky traveler able to reach them. Imagine what was the shock of Belzoni when he discovered the temple sunk into the sand!
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    The result is pretty much the same with the exception of Americans Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker (with flaming red hair) in place of Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr (with flaming red hair). Trite clichés dominate the story of the search for proof of the existence of the biblical Joseph (of Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fame) and proof of the existence of the first pharaoh to worship just one God. Once again, there's the secondary character of the heroine's husband (Carlos Thompson), here an illegal trader of stolen artifacts in cahoots with a sinister Egyptian (Kurt Kasznar).

    Wind storms, scorpions, fights over the artifacts and the rivalry for the heroine, as well as non-Arabs playing the Egyptians spouting philosophical dialog, are just some of the clichés which make this obvious and extremely predictable. It's alright in its provincial sort of way, giving gullible audiences a good thrill, yet lacking the camp that made Universal's 1940's similar adventures so much fun. Leon Askin, later the cranky German general of TV's "Hogan's Heroes", adds the only humor as a sleazy salesman of antiques. The use of the biblical story of Joseph makes an interesting premise that gives this a nice collusion between biblical history and the science of Archeology.
  • One of the reviews struck me. One of the reviewers really disliked this film--mostly because the film got so much of the Egyptology wrong. When I read this, I thought perhaps it was written by my own daughter! She is an ancient religions/Egyptology major in college and watching a film like this is NOT an enjoyable experience if you are just looking to be entertained! She, too, spots all the methodological flaws. Now I can't blame my kid--I am a history teacher and watching films like "Pocahontas" with me is no treat, either! To those who love the topics, the way Hollywood cavalierly handles these topics is appalling. All the public usually cares about, however, is whether or not they enjoy watching the film! So, in light of this, my review is NOT intended for Egyptologists or those in the know--just for the average schmuck out there!

    The film plays like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and a traditional MGM epic film of the 50s. In other words, while there is lots of adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones, there is a greater emphasis on spectacle as well as a bit of a nod to the popular Biblical epics of the day (boy, were they popular back then!).

    Robert Taylor plays the role of an archaeologist who is digging in Egypt at about the turn of the 19th century. Eleanor Parker approaches him and asks for his help to try to prove that the Biblical Joseph really existed---and during the reign of Ra-hotep. However, Taylor is convinced that Joseph did not exist and it's all a waste of time. But, reluctantly, he agrees---apparently because he thinks Ms. Parker is kind of hot. However, what they don't know is that there is a traitor in their midst--someone who is more interested in stealing whatever treasures the two of them unearth. Plus, this evil piggy and his friends are more than glad to kill if need be.

    Overall, the film has some very nice Egyptian locales and nice acting. While the story is a bit slow at times, the overall effort is pretty good--though far from Taylor's best work. It should be enjoyable for the average viewer--not a must-see be certainly a bit better than just a time-passer.
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    Although the credits don't spell this out, our script is actually based on the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Our film-makers have put the story back another twenty years or so to 1900. This comes as a welcome surprise as there's absolutely no indication in any of the movie's publicity blurbs (not even in the studio-prepared script synopsis) that Valley of the Kings is a period picture. Needless to say, the lovely Miss Parker does more than justice to her period costumes. In fact, the period setting is brilliantly realized all around. The script serves us well, the sets are never less than awesomely fascinating, and the whole movie is always beautifully framed and photographed. The stars in particular are most attractively lensed. The support players, especially Kurt Kasznar, Victor Jory and Leon Askin, keep our attention taut, while director Pirosh keeps his story moving along at an admirably fast clip right from the wow of a chase at the beginning up to the terrific fight climax atop a gigantic statue (a scene you'll never forget)! And every bit of chase action from go to whoa is imbued with a rousingly atmospheric Rozsa score. Unfortunately, the Australian release cut now seems to have disappeared. It ran an extra 3 minutes which was entirely devoted to making the chase at the beginning far more breathlessly exciting that it is now – most disappointingly – in the truncated U.S. release version.
  • Robert Taylor, with a vocabulary of one word in Arabic ("emshee". "walk" or "get moving") conducts a laughable search for lost tombs. After considerable "adventure" his native guide leads him on a long desert trek to the famous rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel and says, "there it is". He could have just as easily said "go up river until you see some big statues", since this temple has been known to the West since about 1815. One good feature is the use of the French excavations at the Step Pyramid at Saqqara as a background to Taylor's archaeological "work". Shots in Cario, supposedly around the beginning of the 20th century, show a remarkable amount of modern electric and telephone wire. Not for anyone interested in historical accuracy, either ancient or modern.
  • This isn't a serious or "meaningful" film. It is pure entertainment, beautifully photographed on location in Egypt. The stars, Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker, had great chemistry both off-screen and on. Taylor manages to be glamorous even when trapped in a sandstorm. The plot is relatively thin with Parker seeking to validate part of the Old Testament by finding the tomb of the Pharaoh who reigned in the time of the Biblical Joseph. She bats her eyelashes at Taylor who comes along happily. Then she introduces her husband, Carlos Thompson. There are horse and carriage chases, murders, the aforementioned sandstorm, a spectacular fight at Abu Simbel, a scorpion attack--all in ninety minutes. Given the slower pace of movies in the 1950s, there is also time for Taylor and Parker to discover each other more thoroughly (over some fermented goat). Egyptian belly dancer Samia Gamal shakes her stuff at the demure Parker. Highly enjoyable.
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    Archaeologist Mark Brandon (Robert Taylor) is recruited by Ann Mercedes (Eleanor Parker) to help search for proof of the existence of the biblical Joseph in Egypt. Mark agrees, in part because he was a former student of Ann's father and in part because he finds her attractive. After they start their journey, however, they are joined by Ann's husband (Carlos Thompson). Anyone familiar with movies like this knows right away Ann's husband will turn out to be a villain. Why? Because Taylor and Parker are stars and Thompson is very much a nobody. So it was always inevitable that somehow the two stars would end up together at the end. The only way to make this palatable would be to make the husband a villain before killing him off. Which is what they do.

    Anyway it's a fairly dull adventure film. Taylor is supposed to be the exciting one but he's pretty stiff to me. The rest of the cast is unremarkable. The best thing about it is the nice Miklos Rosza score.
  • This movie had everything in it to become the Indiana Jones of the '50's but yet it isn't.

    The movie its story had potential. The story of the search for holy artifacts supporting that the stories of the bible are true and the biblical Joseph really existed and lived in Egypt, sound fascinating and surely good enough to make a fun adventurous movie around. Yet the movie never becomes are really great and perfectly fun adventurous movie to watch. The story is not imaginative enough and basically there is very little interesting or spectacular happening on the screen. The movie could had really used some more action and better villainous characters, to make the movie more exciting, tense and entertaining to watch.

    There really isn't much happening in this movie, which seems odd, considering the genre of the movie and its story. The movie makes a redundant and pointless impression because of that. Even though the story sounds like it- this just isn't a fun or adventurous must-see.

    The movie is a bit clumsy looking at times. Though its production values are good and the actors do their best, the movie just isn't good enough to watch at times. The movie was obviously shot with only one camera, with as a result some silly and ineffective camera positions at times. It especially makes the more fast paced and action sequences look ridicules and ineffective.

    The movie uses some beautiful locations and is obviously shot really in Egypt itself, for most part. It uplifts the movie and gives it a certain extra sense of feeling of traveling, adventure and mystery. Too bad that the movie doesn't know how to fully exploit and use this feeling and atmosphere. It once again shows why Robert Pirosh wasn't the greatest director around.

    Considering its potential, it's a disappointing movie that in its core still brings some good entertainment. So not a completely unwatchable movie, even though it probably has more weak than strong points in it.

    6/10

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