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Randolph Scott is his usual stiff but smiling self as Leo Vincey, the long-lost American heir to a British family legacy, sent by his estranged father to reclaim the legendary "Flame of Life," discovered five centuries ago by his explorer ancestor. Producer Merian C. Cooper, best known for directing King Kong, changes the locale of H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure from Africa to the Arctic (which, apart from a spectacular avalanche, looks positively stagebound), but he pulls out all stops for the magnificent underground kingdom hidden in the icy mountains, complete with a cavernous throne room with vaulted ceilings and a massive staircase that would look right at home in the Ziegfeld Follies. The cruel She Who Must Be Obeyed (Helen Gahagan) is a beautiful but icy queen driven ruthless by her centuries of loneliness. The film takes some time to get started but once She makes her impressive entrance through a mist-enshrouded arch, we're plunged into a dangerous, exotic world of strange ceremonies, human sacrifices, nefarious plots, and the gorgeous whirlwind of light that is the Flame of Life. Though the dialogue is often flat and uninspired and the performances by Scott and Gahagan rather arch (costars Nigel Bruce and Helen Mack fare much better), this grand adventure concludes with a rousing climax full of impressive set pieces and breathtaking effects. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Under Lansing C. Holden (Director), Irving Pichel (Director), Merian C. Cooper (Producer), H. Rider Haggard (Book Author), Dudley Nichols (Screenwriter), Ruth Rose (Screenwriter), Roy Hunt (Cinematographer), Max Steiner (Composer (Music Score), Alfred Herman (Art Director), Van Nest Polglase (Art Director), Vernon Walker (Special Effects), Benjamin Zemach (Choreography) - - - - This film exists today only because silent film star Buster Keaton had a copy of the original print stored in his garage, which he gave to film historian Raymond Rohauer for preservation --- The sets, costumes, etc. were all prepared for a color film. At the last minute, RKO pulled Merian C.Read more ›
is very stunning visually.there is a lot of spectacle involved.the
movie is very stylish,but for me lacks much substance or depth.it does
get cheesy at times,breaking into weird dances that to me look
ridiculous,even absurd.i thought the acting was very good,and i think
the movie had a good moral at the end.i won't reveal what that is
here,but i will say it is even more relevant today.anyway,i certainly
didn't hate the movie,but i didn't love it either.it has its merits,and
also its drawbacks.i think She deserves a 3/5
Although, the screenplay edits the three books in the "She" series ["She", "Ayesha", and "Wisdom's Daughter"], it remains faithful to the spirit of the original. Some of the mystical aspects have been down-played, perhaps to save on production costs: at the time, the film cost & lost a fortune.
If it had been released in colour, instead of B & W, when the studio cut the budget, it might have topped the creator's "King Kong", at the box office.
Fortunately, it can be seen, now; and, like all history, managed to survive, in someone's garage, before being rediscovered, and restored; lucky for us.
SheShe - DVD
about an immortal queen of a land hidden in the
Himalayas is, like the original KING KONG, an
interesting historical specimen of the stories,
the characters, the acting, and the technology
of the interbellum Golden Age of Hollywood.
The First Act is getting into the queendom.
The queen falls in love with a handsome member of
a scientific expedition that stumbles into the
mountain fastness, and decides to keep him as
consort. The Third Act is getting out, as earthquake
destroys it all like another climactic escape of Jame Bond.
Shangri-La evokes the primal myth of Eden.
KING KONG has a subtext about the id oppressed by
polite society. If there is more to SHE than
a Saturday matinee action serial, I missed it.
I remember Ursula Andress in a subsequent remake
that I must buy when its price comes down to a
ticket and bag of popcorn.
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Great scenery . Very interesting from a historical film making perspective. Cannot say it keeps you rivetedPublished 4 months ago by Franklin
Saw this movie a long time ago...there was adventure...cannibals....creatures and
mysterious people living inside a mountain. Read more
O.K. it was adjusted a lot.
Leo Vincey (Randolph Scott) all grown up is fresh back from the U.S. So he does not have to have an English accent. Read more
A goofy old-fashioned action film produced by Meriam C. Cooper, the brains behind the1931 smash "King Kong." Randolph Scott stars in this slightly tweaked adaptation of H. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by DJ Joe Sixpack
After reading H. Rider Haggard's enthralling work, I had to see this movie to see how it stacked up--especially since it's regarded as the best of the 11(! Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by Obsidian