Valley of the Kings (film)

Infobox Film
name = Valley of the Kings


caption = Original French film poster
director = Robert Pirosh
producer =
writer = Robert Pirosh
Karl Tunberg
C. W. Ceram (book)
starring = Robert Taylor
Eleanor Parker
Carlos Thompson
Kurt Kasznar
Victor Jory
Samia Gamal.
music = Miklós Rózsa
cinematography = Robert Surtees
editing = Harold F. Kress
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = flagicon|USA flagicon|Egypt 21 July 1954
runtime = 86 min
country = USA
awards =
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
amg_id =
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"Valley of the Kings" is a 1954 adventure film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was written and directed by Robert Pirosh from a screenplay by Robert Pirosh and Karl Tunberg, "suggested by historical data" in the book "" by C. W. Ceram. The music was by Miklós Rózsa and the cinematography by Robert Surtees.

The film stars Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker with Carlos Thompson, Kurt Kasznar, Victor Jory and Samia Gamal.

Background

The title of the film, "Valley of the Kings", refers to the valley on the west bank of the Nile, in Egypt, where the tombs of the Ancient Egyptian kings are located.

MGM bought the rights to the archaeology text "Gods, Graves and Scholars" for "protection purposes," as it contained a chapter titled "Robbers in the Valley of the Kings" which might have been seen as having influenced the film's script.

The film was shot on location in Cairo, Luxor, Faiyûm, Suez, the Libyan desert and at the Pyramids of Giza Egypt. Additional filming took place in El Segundo, CA.

The role of Mark Brandon, played in the film by Robert Taylor was originally given to Vittorio Gassman.

The film's world premiere took place simultaneously on 21 July 1954 in Cairo and Alexandria (as well as New York City) and marked the first time an American film had a world premiere in Egypt.


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