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The Macomber Affair (1947)

Approved  |   |  Adventure  |  17 September 1947 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Robert Wilson
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Margaret Macomber
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Francis Macomber
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Police Inspector
Jean Gillie ...
Aimee
Carl Harbord ...
Coroner
Earl Smith ...
Kongoni
Frederick Worlock ...
Clerk
Vernon Downing ...
Reporter Logan
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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 Mattias Thuresson

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S Great African Adventure Story! See more »

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17 September 1947 (France)  »

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The Great White Hunter  »

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The rifle referred to as the Mannlicher was not a Mannlicher-Schoenauer. It looks like a Springfield with a full length stock to the muzzle. See more »

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When Margaret and Robert start out on their safari driving across the country, in close shots they are shown looking out the right side of their truck at wildlife, but the shots of the animals they are presumably viewing are taken out the left side of a moving vehicle. See more »

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One of the more successful attempts to film a Hemingway story...
23 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE MACOMBER AFFAIR has to be rated a success for the mere fact that it finally brings a Hemingway story to the screen pretty much intact and the way he wrote it. GREGORY PECK may not be the perfect choice to play the guide escorting a quarrelsome JOAN BENNETT and ROBERT PRESTON on a safari, but he acquits himself well enough in the role.

I found it a lot more satisfying than the later SNOWS OF KILIMINJARO in which Peck again was cast in the lead as a Hemingway white hunter in Africa. Although that film had the advantage of Technicolor and more expensive trappings, THE MACOMBER AFFAIR achieves more of an edge by being photographed in somber B&W, even though some of the stock footage and backgrounds are obviously studio shots.

Bennett is fascinating as the woman full of scorn for her husband and gradually showing her interest in Peck while Preston's resentment begins to turn paranoid. Miklos Rozsa's score gives it a film noir feeling despite the jungle setting--and it becomes a war of nerves before the satisfying conclusion.

Well worth watching for some interesting performances.


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