H. Rider Haggard was a British civil servant who began writing to win a bet with his brother after they had argued about what made good literature. Haggard's first book of many (58 works of fiction, seven non-fiction) was King Solomon's Mines
was his second, in 1887. When adapted for this screen version, the locale was altered from humid Africa to the frozen wastes of the near-Arctic. Producer Cooper, who had squired KING KONG to great success, gave it a first rate treatment with a cast of 5,000, fantastic sets, and a script by one of KING KONG'S writers, Ruth Rose. To play the lead in this orgy of special effects, he chose a newcomer, Helen Gahaga...