Valley Of The Kings

  • 1954
  • 1 HR 26 MIN
  • NR

The romance in this movie was given an added dimension by the realism of the stars' affection for each other. Taylor and Parker were allegedly lovers off screen as well as on and publicity about the duo helped improve the picture's box-office share, perhaps beyond what it deserved. The unoriginal story was somewhat enhanced by the superb photography of...read more

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The romance in this movie was given an added dimension by the realism of the stars' affection for each other. Taylor and Parker were allegedly lovers off screen as well as on and publicity about the duo helped improve the picture's box-office share, perhaps beyond what it deserved. The

unoriginal story was somewhat enhanced by the superb photography of Egyptian scenery. It's 1900 in Egypt and Taylor is an archeologist on a dig to uncover the hidden treasures and secrets of the Pharoah Ra-Hotep, an 18th-Dynasty ruler of Egypt. One of the aides is Thompson and he is married to

Parker but it's not long before Parker and Taylor are making eyes at each other. A subplot has Parker attempting to prove a theory her late father came up with based on the Bible story that says there were seven years of abundance followed by an equal period of famine. Parker thinks they might be

able to find some records on their expedition as well as proof that Joseph (of the multicolored coat) existed and did make the trip to Egypt as read in the Bible. The intellectual side of the movie managed to bore audiences and seemed to cause ennui in Taylor as well. There is some heat in the

presence of Thompson as a man who is watching his wife being stolen before his eyes. Further, it turns out he's a rotter because he's part of a ring of thieves who have already ransacked the tomb and sold the treasures to the highest bidders on the black market. Thompson's partner in the crime is

Kasznar, and Askin is seen as a swarthy antique dealer who keeps his feet on both sides as he tries to make a score. Little works in this tired production.

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