Valley of the Kings (film)

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Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings .jpeg
Original French film poster
Directed by Robert Pirosh
Written by Robert Pirosh
Karl Tunberg
C. W. Ceram (book)
Starring Robert Taylor
Eleanor Parker
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Edited by Harold F. Kress
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • July 21, 1954 (1954-07-21)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,065,000[1]
Box office $3,305,000[1]

Valley of the Kings is a 1954 Eastmancolor 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 Gods, Graves and Scholars by C. W. Ceram. The music was by Miklós Rózsa and the cinematography by Robert Surtees.



The title of the film refers to the valley on the west bank of the Nile River 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, Faiyum, Suez, the Libyan Desert and at the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Additional filming took place in El Segundo, California.

The role of Mark Brandon, played in the film by Robert Taylor, was originally offered 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). It marked the first time an American film had a world premiere in Egypt.

The film shows the Abu Simbel temples as they had existed for 3000 years, just before they were relocated due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam.


According to MGM records, the film earned $1,591,000 in the US and Canada and $1,714,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $204,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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