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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 »
User Reviews:
Ava's greatest performance. See more (60 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)
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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:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16530) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Although the original trailer for the film explains that "Mogambo" means "the Greatest," in fact, the word "Mogambo" has no meaning at all. Producer Sam Zimbalist came up with the title by altering the name of the Mocambo, a famous Hollywood nightclub.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:Everything snarls around this joint!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Angela (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
COMIN' THROUGH THE RYESee more »

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52 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Ava's greatest performance., 8 June 1999
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

"Mogambo" is a remake of "Red Dust" (1932) and is not as good, nor as funny, but it's still not bad at all. Poor Clark Gable must choose between Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly. With both actresses at the height of their beauty this is a tough call - but I would have taken Ava any day. She is stunning in this film - sultry, sexy and warm - very different to the flighty sex kitten that Jean Harlow played so brilliantly in "Red Dust". And Ava is photographed lovingly, in gorgeous colour, by Robert Surtees and Freddie Young. She deserved her Oscar nomination.

Kelly is good too as the rather prissy wife of a very English scientist. But she's too nice - Ava is much more real. Gable was a bit old for the role here - after all it was 21 years after he first played it in "Red Dust" - but his performance is strong.

Great African scenery and animals too - "Mogambo" got out of the studio that confined "Red Dust". Who could forget Ava trying to feed a very hungry baby elephant and a baby rhino at the same time? The gorilla sequence was a little weak - in that the film stock used to film the gorillas was completely different to that used to film the actors - and the actors were obviously in a studio. But most of the work is on location and stunningly shot.

You'll have fun with this one.

PS In the canoe scene are they really talking about female circumcision?

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