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Mogambo (1953)




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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 Nordley (Donald Sinden) hires Victor to lead him into the deepest, darkest jungle. Along for the ride is Donald's wife, Linda (Grace Kelly), outwardly cool as a cucumber but secretly harboring a lust for Victor. Scorned, Kelly tries to kill Victor, but true-blue Eloise takes the blame for the shooting. Reportedly, Grace Kelly carried on an off-camera romance with Clark Gable, which ended when the differences in their ages proved insurmountable. Even so, it is the easy rapport between Gable and Ava Gardner which stole the show in Mogambo.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Wilson Collison, John Lee Mahin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 20, 2006


Clark Gable
as Victor Marswell
Ava Gardner
as Eloise Y. Kelly
Grace Kelly
as Linda Nordley
Donald Sinden
as Donald Nordley
Philip Stainton
as John Brown Pryce
Eric Pohlmann
as Leon Boltchak
Denis O'Dea
as Father Josef
Asa Etula
as Young Native Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mogambo

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
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

Full Review… | February 24, 2011

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

I was under whelmed.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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