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Valley of the Kings (1954)

Approved | | 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.


Robert Pirosh


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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


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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AMAZING! TIMELY! THRILLING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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English | Arabic

Release Date:

23 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Kings See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Sinai, Egypt See more »


Box Office


$2,065,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming in Egypt included views of the exterior and interior of Abu Simbel. The view also includes the Nile river in the background of one shot. The filming location is no longer accessible having been buried under Lake Nasser with the building of the Aswan dam. The massive complex was cut into large blocks and moved uphill between 1964-1968 to save it from being flooded. See more »


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 »


Mark Brandon: [to Philip Mercedes] May you be the first man in history to give your bride a tomb for a present.
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Crazy Credits

[Prologue] 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 . . . See more »


Dance of Gamal
Music by Atia Sharara
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MGM's spectacular aventure and romance shot in Egypt with two big name actors , Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker .
21 September 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

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 .

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