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(1953)

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Donald Sinden (and all male members of the crew who removed their shirts) had to shave any hair from their chests daily, as Clark Gable (who did not have a hairy chest) thought it an affront to his 'manliness'.
Clark Gable did not get along with director John Ford during filming, and at one point walked off the set in protest at Ford's treatment of Ava Gardner. Ford also made several remarks about Gable's age and weathered appearance.
During filming Ava Gardner flew to London to have an abortion after she became pregnant with Frank Sinatra's child.
Maureen O'Hara was the first choice for Honey Bear Kelly, but MGM needed Ava Gardner in a movie and made John Ford cast Gardner instead, which is one of the reasons for Ford's vicious treatment towards Gardner while filming.
Clark Gable and Grace Kelly began an affair on the set that lasted for several months. After filming had ended, they resumed the affair while Kelly was filming The Country Girl (1954). Despite this story, Kelly biographer James Spada insists that, although Kelly was infatuated with Gable, he did not want to get involved with a woman 30 years his junior. Although he liked her, Spada claims, theirs was a father-daughter relationship. However, Donald Sinden has said that Gable and Kelly did have an affair during filming.
The lead role was originally intended for Stewart Granger, but MGM decided to employ Clark Gable instead. Production chief Dore Schary suggested to Granger that the film would entail a long separation from his wife Jean Simmons, though Granger wanted to make the film regardless and later spoke disparagingly about Gable in his memoirs.
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.
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.
Despite the high budget, most of the movie was actually filmed in the studio in Hollywood.
One of only two MGM films not to have a scored musical soundtrack.
The "Ah Bey Ah Bay (Kooasawa)" chanted by the natives was later employed by celebrated rock and roll DJ and MC 'Murray The K' as a popular "call and response" ritual with his listeners and fans.
The censors in Spain did not allow adultery to be shown on the screen. For that reason, MGM changed the relationship of the characters of Linda Nordley (Grace Kelly) and Donald Nordley (Donald Sinden) from wife and husband to sister and brother in the dubbed version released in Spain. However, they did not delete a scene in which both share a bed together.
Deborah Kerr and Lana Turner were sought for the female leads.
Gene Tierney was first choice for the role of Linda. She dropped out due to emotional problems which were now interfering with her work.
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