Spectators are given a tour of the land of the Nile in this suspense drama, and the backgrounds offer more freshness to the film than does the routine story, dealing with robbers of the tombs of the Pharaohs, with a side angle having to do with the establishment that Old Testament accounts of Joseph in Egypt are literally true.
Robert Taylor plays a rugged American archaeologist who agrees to help Eleanor Parker, married to Carlos Thompson, search for the tomb of the Pharaoh, Ra-hotep. She wants to prove that her late father was right in believing the tomb will prove his theory about Joseph in Egypt. A mysterious gang, seemingly headed by sinister Kurt Kasznar, puts obstacles in the way of the search.
Plot period is 1900 and ageless wonders of the land of the Nile fit perfectly. Parker and Taylor are a good lead team for the drama, but Thompson comes off only fair. The script was suggested by historical data in Gods, Graves and Scholarsby C.W. Ceram.
1989: Nomination: Best Costume Design