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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.

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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

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Audience Reviews for Mogambo

  • Dec 30, 2013
    Not one of John Ford's best, Mogambo is escapism in its more pure form. Considering that there was a lot of sleeping around on set, enough of the passion was kept to add to the on-screen chemistry. A tad bit silly in the end.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Feb 11, 2010
    If you are going to put Clark Gable in Africa hunting animals and banging beautiful woman in a movie, your going to need a man's man director, and nobody is more perfrect(well maybe Huston) for that task than other John Ford. When I finshed watching this I sat there for a while and thought nothing really happened, but damn I loved it. Cause really a lot is happening, and I think that is what is great about this film. It just takes you into this world and lets you just watch it unravel piece by piece.
    Keith M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2009
    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

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