Production info

Valley of the Kings
USA, 1954

Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Samia Gamal
Directed by Robert Pirosh

  

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 pharaoh 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.

The film features a lot of scenes shot on location in Cairo, on the Giza plateau, in the Temple of Luxor, in the Valley of the Kings and at Abu Simbel, where a fight takes place on top of one of the statues! Noteworthy is the appearance in a small role of Egyptian actress and dancer Samia Gamal, who King Farouk had proclaimed "The National Dancer of Egypt" in 1949. In 1950 she came to the US, was shortly married to an oil millionaire and appeared in a number of western films before returning to Egypt in 1956.


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