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Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get on each others nerves. During the hunt Francis Macomber is shot by his wife. An accident or an attempt to get rid of Francis? Written by
The filmmakers and screenwriters worked diligently to ensure that they kept the script as close to Ernest Hemingway's source material as possible. Aside from Production Code-mandated changes, little was changed from Hemingway's story. The only major alterations were the flashback-style structure of the film and Robert Wilson's American (rather than British) nationality. See more »
Incorrectly regarded as a goof: viewers have frequently cited the spear sticking out of the dying lion's side as a goof. The lion is killed when Robert Wilson shoots it with a rifle, however, one of the Kenyan guides throws a spear at the lion as it charges. Even though the lion is brought down by by Wilson's bullet, the spear from the guide's throw is still lodged in the animal's side. See more »
The writing team of Casey Robinson and Seymour Bennett adapted Ernest Hemingway's "the Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" into a solid screenplay which enlarged upon the subtle themes of the original. A wealthy couple(Robert Preston,Joan Bennett) arrive in East Africa ostensibly for a safari vacation but it soon becomes apparent that they are ill-matched and resentful of each other's failings.Their safari guide,Gregory Peck,attempting to conduct things professionally,becomes an unwilling spectator to their petty arguments and vicious insults.But as the party trek through the jungle in search of game the true personalities of the warring couple emerge playing havoc with Peck's sympathies and his growing interest in beautiful Bennett.An ironic twist of events await these adventurers as they pursue game more dangerous than they bargained for. An enriching score by Miklos Rozsa,the superb direction by Hungarian director Zoltan Korda,and fine performances by the 3 principals(especially Preston's paranoid tycoon) all serve the viewer with a gripping drama.
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