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John M. Stahl
Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get on each others nerves. During the hunt Francis Macomber is shot by his wife. An accident or an attempt to get rid of Francis?Written by
United Artist's promotion for the film read: "Gregory Peck makes that Hemingway kind of love to Joan Bennett in The Macomber Affair! After the biggest game of all - a woman! On the hunt he took two things as they came - the charge of a snarling lion - the fury of a fear-crazed coward - the lips of a love-crazed woman - cruelty and yearning - of such things was their love made." See more »
Incorrectly regarded as a goof: viewers have frequently cited the spear sticking out of the dying lion's side as a goof. The lion is killed when Robert Wilson shoots it with a rifle, however, one of the Kenyan guides throws a spear at the lion as it charges. Even though the lion is brought down by by Wilson's bullet, the spear from the guide's throw is still lodged in the animal's side. See more »
This film deserves a DVD release. Excellent script, direction, and editing carry the film into Hemingway's world. The results are excellent. The three leads do very well with their parts. I particularly liked Joan Bennett. Her cynicism and brazen effrontery towards husband Preston held my attention as she carried on an obvious affair with Peck. The dynamic between the three stars smolders across the screen as Preston attempts to "prove" his manhood by killing wild beasts. In true Hemingway style the "big game" adventure turns into one of more human proportions. Pretty bold stuff considering the Production Code was still in full swing. Reginald Denny plays with authority in a minor role.
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