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Mogambo (1953)

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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Wilson Collison (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Victor Marswell
Ava Gardner ... Eloise Y. Kelly
Grace Kelly ... Linda Nordley
Donald Sinden ... Donald Nordley
Philip Stainton 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 Wagenia ... Themselves (as Wagenia tribe of Belgian Congo)
Bahaya Bahaya ... Themselves (as Bahaya tribe of Tanganyika)
M'Beti M'Beti ... Themselves (as M'Beti tribe of French Equatorial Africa)
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Storyline

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed. Written by Rob Hardy <ai822@dayton.wright.edu>

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Taglines:

Actually filmed by M-G-M on safari...amid authentic scenes of unrivalled savagery and awe-inspiring splendor! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Могамбо See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,576,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,268,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the location filming, MGM assembled one of the largest safaris in modern times. There was a staff of over 500, including eight "white hunters." See more »

Goofs

When Marswell shows Linda "gorilla country" he points to a large almost treeless valley, which is nothing like the dense forests where gorillas live. There is also mention of being light-headed from the altitude, which is a bit off as well. Nairobi is a mile high and where they are headed is perhaps a thousand feet higher. Considering the distance covered and the time it would take to get there, the gradual change in altitude would be unnoticeable. See more »

Quotes

[Vic hoists a young rhinoceros out of a trap]
Eloise Kelly: Hey! A kangaroo.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Title Card reads: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is grateful beyond measure to the government officials of Kenya Colony, Tanganyika, the Uganda Protectorate and the Republic of French Equatorial Africa, whose limitless co-operation made this motion picture possible. See more »

Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

COMIN' THROUGH THE RYE
(uncredited)
Traditional tune
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Ava Gardner
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Ava's greatest performance.
8 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

"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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