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Mogambo (1953)

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Release Date: Oct 9, 1953 Wide

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The 1953 Clark Gable film Mogambo is a remake of Gable's 1932 seriocomic adventure Red Dust. Where the earlier film was lensed on the MGM backlot, Mogambo was shot on location in Africa by director John Ford. Gable is safari leader Victor Marswell, who plays "host" to stranded Eloise Y. Kelly (Ava Gardner, who is no better than she ought to be but is just right for our raffish hero -- the Gardner role was originally played along franker pre-Code lines by Jean Harlow). Anthropologist Donald

Jun 20, 2006

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Mogambo is a silly, laid-back Hollywood romance with an exotic setting, but it's nonetheless quite affecting and satisfying.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Clark Gable reprises his role from Fleming's 1932 adventure in this colorful and enjoyable remake by John Ford, featuring great performances by Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

staid, ridiculous

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Too long and too ridiculous.

March 27, 2010 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The easy rapport between Gable and Ava becomes the film's main selling point.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

the film's travelogue footage is the only thing that seems to save it from pointlessness.

June 14, 2007

Pointless remake of Red Dust squeaks by on star power.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mogambo

I found this movie boring, I didn't watch the entire movie I was too bored. This is one of those jungle pictures with a little romance thrown in, and not much more. I didn't like it.
November 7, 2010
ajv2688

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Pretty good "white hunter in darkest Africa" flick with Clark Gable gathering wild animals for zoos while fighting off (or not) chorus girl Ava Gardner and little rich (married) girl Grace Kelly. Cool on-location scenes. This is a remake of Red Dust, a film also starring Gable as a rubber plantation owner, with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor filling the women's roles.
August 13, 2009
webalina

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I was under whelmed.
June 12, 2009
kenstachnik

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okay but if you have a chance to see the original Red Dust instead go with that.
April 7, 2007
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