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Mogambo (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 9 October 1953 (USA)
On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.



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Complete credited cast:
Philip Stainton ...
Denis O'Dea ...
Themselves (as Samburu tribe of Kenya Colony)
Wagenia ...
Themselves (as Wagenia tribe of Belgian Congo)
Bahaya ...
Themselves (as Bahaya tribe of Tanganyika)
M'Beti ...
Themselves (as M'Beti tribe of French Equatorial Africa)


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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Release Date:

9 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Могамбо  »


Box Office


$3,103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,576,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,268,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clark Gable got sick on location. A gum infection forced him to return to Los Angeles, mainly because he insisted on seeing his own dentist. When he returned to the set, Frank Sinatra brought with him spaghetti, tomato sauce and other Italian foods. He and Ava Gardner prepared a massive feast for the entire company. Years later, John Ford would say the dinner was the condition he set for allowing Sinatra to come along on the shoot. See more »


When Honey Bear is awaiting the boat to take away (first time round) she is seen sitting on her suitcases and trunks. Then she walks down the slope with just her umbrella in her hand, bids Marswell good bye and hops in the boat. The captain lifts the gangway and off they sail away, forgetting her bags on the shore. See more »


Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: Let me jump to my own conclusions.
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Crazy Credits

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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Traditional tune
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Ava Gardner
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In Loving Memory of my Father
1 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I would like to share with those of you who might be interested to know that my Father Mr Abiodun Oke Hughes was part of the tribal cast in this film.

I remember growing up with that in mind and though I did a search for the cast tribe here on this site, unfortunately there wasn't one available to me.

So I wanted to do this, so all concerned would know how much we all still have the fondest memories of all his wondrous adventures while he was growing up.

Dad was only just in his 30's when this film was made and when I captured that 5 second shot of him out in the jungle, though it's only for a few seconds it still makes me proud to see it.

It still amazes me to know that my Dad worked along side the most unforgettable stars.

I guess I'm very proud to know the things I do about him. So I'd like to add my Father's memory for those of you out there, not only for my Family but also for my Dad. (may he rest in peace) So here's to you Daddy.

Abiodun Oke Hughes (19-12 to 19-86) We all love and Miss you

Ruth x

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