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The Macomber Affair (1947)

Approved | | Adventure | 29 August 1947 (Mexico)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"), Seymour Bennett (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Robert Wilson
Joan Bennett ... Margaret 'Margo' Macomber
Robert Preston ... Francis Macomber
Reginald Denny ... Police Inspector
Jean Gillie ... Aimee
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Coroner
Earl Smith Earl Smith ... Kongoni
Frederick Worlock ... Clerk
Vernon Downing Vernon Downing ... Reporter Logan
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Storyline

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 Mattias Thuresson

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safari | hunter | guide | africa | hunting | See All (27) »

Taglines:

Peck...Bennett...Hemingway...only all three together could create this electric love story...with a vengeance! (oiginal poster) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hemingway's story was based on true facts, the suspicious death of Corporal Blyth during a safari conducted by John Henry Patterson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in 77 Sunset Strip: Safari (1960) See more »

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The performers make this
15 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Taking into account the shortcomings of the period: rear projection and non location filming this is a solid adventure film. Really a three person chamber piece the success or failure of the film rests on the performances of its leads and there it's on solid ground. Both Peck and Preston do good work but the standout is the under-appreciated Joan Bennett. Always at her best as a conflicted character here as a woman turned into a hard article by a bad marriage though subtle gestures and sly looks she gives the film a tough grounded center and she has rarely looked so beautiful. Not having read the book I'm not sure how closely it follows but the film does have a Hemingway feel.


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