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Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their ... See full summary »

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Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed. Written by Rob Hardy <ai822@dayton.wright.edu>

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The battle of the sexes! The battle of the gorillas! See more »


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9 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mogambo - Abenteuer in Afrika  »

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Trivia

Clark Gable was unimpressed by the script and was wary of reprising his Red Dust (1932) role after 21 years. He only agreed to make the movie after Across the Wide Missouri (1951) and Lone Star (1952) both flopped at the box office. See more »

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At the very start of the film, Victor Marswell asks if the "Jeep" is ready. It's not a Jeep but a British Series II Landrover. See more »

Quotes

Eloise Kelly: [to Linda Nordley] Remember, I came here to be your friend. For your sake. And I'm keeping the offer open... It'll be rugged, but I'll keep it open.
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Opening Title Card reads: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is grateful beyond measure to the government officials of Kenya Colony, Tanganyika, the Uganda Protectorate and the Republic of French Equatorial Africa, whose limitless co-operation made this motion picture possible. See more »

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I enjoyed it but prefer Red Dust
28 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't rehash what so many of my fellow reviewers have said about the plot, but I will focus on some of their comments.

I found Clark Gable, still handsome and virile, to be too old to be the love interest for Grace's "27 year old" character. I suppose some might feel it worked, but I didn't.

I have never been a huge Grace Kelly fan, but she turned in a good performance here. I have no complaints. Her husband in the film was fine too.

Ava was the best overall. She seemed very natural and believable. Her sex appeal was transmitted well with her comic flair.

I found the first half of the film to be more interesting than when they leave and go on their gorilla expedition.

It was an interesting film with luscious Technicolor worth seeing but don't expect too much except for Ava who is the best thing in the film.


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