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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.

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Victor Marswell
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Eloise Y. Kelly
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Linda Nordley
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Donald Nordley
Philip Stainton ...
John Brown-Pryce
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Leon Boltchak
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Skipper
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Father Josef
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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)
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Asa Etula ...
Young Native Girl (uncredited)
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Wilson (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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John Lee Mahin ... (screenplay)
 
Wilson Collison ... (play)

Produced by

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Sam Zimbalist ... producer

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography
Freddie Young ... director of photography (as F.A. Young)

Film Editing by

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Frank Clarke

Editorial Department

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Brian Blamey ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Alfred Junge

Costume Design by

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Helen Rose

Makeup Department

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Colin Garde ... makeup artist
Maude Onslow ... hairdresser (as Maud Onslow)
John Truwe ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Roy Parkinson ... unit manager
Stanley Goldsmith ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Sash Fisher ... sound recordist (as A.S. Fisher)
A.W. Watkins ... recording director
John Aldred ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Hugh Strain ... sound assistant (uncredited)

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Tom Howard ... special effects
Bert Monk ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bunny Allen ... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)

Script and Continuity Department

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Angela Martelli ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Joan Bridge ... Technicolor colour consultant
Bunny Allen ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Allen ... researcher (uncredited) / technical advisor (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... director: gorilla footage (uncredited)
Eva Monley ... production coordinator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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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 »
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Also Known As
  • Mogambo: Abenteuer in Afrika (Germany)
  • Mogambo - Abenteuer in Afrika (Germany)
  • モガンボ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Могамбо (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Могамбо (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 116 min
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Budget $3,103,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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. See more »
Goofs During the gorilla footage - shot separately from the rest of the film - the gorillas are shown eating pineapples, which, while being grown in ZImbabwe and Cote d'Ivoire, are not native to the region of Africa in this movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). See more »
Soundtracks COMIN' THROUGH THE RYE See more »
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 »
Quotes [Vic hoists a young rhinoceros out of a trap]
Eloise Kelly: Hey! A kangaroo.
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