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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
Actually filmed by M-G-M on safari...amid authentic scenes of unrivalled savagery and awe-inspiring splendor! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(25 articles)
User Reviews:
Solid John Ford See more (65 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 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Garde .... makeup artist
Maude Onslow .... hairdresser (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)
 
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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Language:
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:
Always an avid sportsman, Clark Gable spent breaks in filming hunting in the wild. He was delighted to learn that co-star Grace Kelly enjoyed hunting, too. As they went off together, the two developed a romance. Kelly started calling him "ba," the Swahili word for "father," which was close to "Pa," his late wife Carole Lombard's nickname for him. Kelly would later admit to going skinny-dipping with him. Donald Sinden told interviewers he had caught Gable and Kelly in bed together.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the trio are singing around the piano, Brownie can be seen standing close to Nordley on Nordley's right-hand side. However in the shot of Marswell in the doorway, only Nordley can be seen at the piano in the background - Brownie has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Victor Marswell:Sometimes it
[alcohol]
Victor Marswell:gets you nasty enough to get a nasty job done.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Angela (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
COMIN' THROUGH THE RYESee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Solid John Ford, 28 November 1999

'Mogambo' is not one of the greatest of John Ford's films, but it is still a solid piece of work. Clark Gable is at his manliest, and Grace Kelly is cast perfectly (though her performance is not so perfect). However, Ava Gardner steals the show. Scenes without her seem dead. Scenes with her are charged with sexy movement and funny double-talk. Of course, Ford himself makes great use of the African landscape, applying his brilliant American West photography to the jungles and rivers of Africa. A good piece of entertainment and recommended for John Ford fans.

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