Writer/director Robert Pirosh’s long overdue DVD debut of his 1954 shot-on-location Technicolor triumph, Valley of the Kings, will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Apr. 12.
The war is over and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, among other studios at the time, looked to previously off-limit locations — armies at war tend to put places off limits — to serve as the backdrop for the filming of spectacular adventures.
What better a place than the actual Pyramids at Giza and the sites of Luxor for a story about the search for the tomb of Ra-Hotep!
Pirosh, fresh from an Oscar-win for Best Writing, Battleground (1950 — based on his own experiences at the Battle of the Bulge) and another nomination in 1952 for Go For Broke!, provided the script for Valley of the Kings and got the directing assignment … and so off he went to Egypt.
Robert Taylor starred as the man on that quest to find the tomb of the pharaoh, with Eleanor Parker as the woman who sides with him against the double-dealings of her treacherous husband (Carlos Thompson) … others in the cast include Victor Jory and Kurt Kasznar.