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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screenplay)
Wilson Collison (play)
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Release Date:
9 October 1953 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Actually filmed by M-G-M on safari...amid authentic scenes of unrivalled savagery and awe-inspiring splendor! See more »
Plot:
Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(23 articles)
Sir Donald Sinden obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 12 September 2014, 9:24 AM, PDT)

DVD Review – Grace Kelly Collection
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Technically gorgeous; 8/10 See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Victor Marswell

Ava Gardner ... Eloise Y. Kelly

Grace Kelly ... Linda Nordley

Donald Sinden ... Donald Nordley
Philip Stainton ... John Brown-Pryce

Eric Pohlmann ... Leon Boltchak
Laurence Naismith ... Skipper
Denis O'Dea ... Father Josef
Samburu ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asa Etula ... Young native girl (uncredited)
Bruce Seton ... Wilson (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screenplay)

Wilson Collison (play)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A.Young)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Garde .... makeup artist
Maude Onslow .... hairdressing (as Maud Onslow)
 
Production Management
Roy Parkinson .... unit manager
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecil F. Ford .... assistant director (as Cecil Ford)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
John Pellatt .... assistant director: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Peter Price .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (as A.S. Fisher)
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
Hugh Strain .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
Bert Monk .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bunny Allen .... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator
Skeets Kelly .... camera operator (as Graham Kelly)
Neil Binney .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Stephen Dade .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Jackson Drury .... camera operator: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jack Whitehead .... director of photography: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Doug Wolf .... camera operator: gorilla footage (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costumes
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... Technicolor colour consultant
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Bunny Allen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Allen .... researcher (uncredited)
Frank Allen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... director: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1954) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1954) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating: 111m) (2004) | USA:Approved (PCA #16530) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
During filming Ava Gardner flew to London to have an abortion after she became pregnant with Frank Sinatra's child.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: During the gorilla footage - shot separately from the rest of the film - the gorillas are shown eating pineapples, which, while being grown in ZImbabwe and Cote d'Ivoire, are not native to the region of Africa in this movie.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Angela (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
COMIN' THROUGH THE RYESee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Technically gorgeous; 8/10, 4 February 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

I think Mogambo may be John Ford's best film technically. The cinematography is simply sumptuous. The colors and the compositions are some of the most beautiful you'll ever see in a film. Too bad it's not in Cinemascope. I would have loved to see those African landscapes in widescreen. The sound is equally deserving of praise. Rare for a classical Hollywood film, Mogambo contains absolutely no extra-diagetic music, i.e., a musical score. The only music comes from a player piano, or African tribes' singing. That singing is just amazing. Most of the background sounds, however, come from African beasts and insects. It provides a threatening mood to the entire film. This experiment pays off wonderfully.

Unfortunately, the narrative aspects of the film are lacking. The story, about an adventurer (Clark Gable) who takes a married couple on a safari to study gorillas, is passable. Actually, the meat of the story lies in the budding relationship between Gable and the wife, played by Grace Kelly (perhaps her role in Rear Window, which came out a year later, was inspired by this film). Ava Gardener plays a second love interest, a society girl from NYC, brazen and witty. The problems don't really arise from the plot, but from the characters. They are two-dimensional. Ava Gardener's role is the best, but the script begins to keep her away from the other relationship, which is treated more romantically. Gable's role is too cliche. It's paper thin, and I just never cared much what happened to him. But I think the real problem is with Kelly and her role. Her character changes in wildly unbelievable ways. It's almost as if she falls in love with Gable because, well, that's what women do when Clark Gable's in a movie! It doesn't matter that she's the second one to do so in the first half hour of the film.

The film also fails because of the vast amounts of stock footage used to show the wildlife of Africa. Often, this is acceptable. It's obvious that that footage was taken at some other time and with some other type of film than the main footage, but I can suspend my imagination up to a point. However, one particular sequence involving gorillas is rather awful. The party has a face-off with a group of them, and there is a lot of cross-cutting to create suspense. It never works. Especially silly are the shots of Gable standing in front of back-projected stock footage of a bull gorilla charging. I suppose these kinds of shots were impossible to fake anywhere near as well as we can do now. But I still find fault in it. It snapped my suspension bridge.

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