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Mogambo
Mogambo
Actors: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton
Director: John Ford
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2006     1hr 56min

"Hey! A kangaroo," Eloise "Honey Bear" Kelly says when she sees a baby rhinoceros being lifted from an African pit. A Broadway showgirl stranded in the African jungle, Eloise is better suited for the urban jungle. Yet one ...  more »

     

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Actors: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton
Director: John Ford
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Classics
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Original Release Date: 10/09/1953
Theatrical Release Date: 10/09/1953
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Clark Gable returns to "Red Dust"
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"MOGAMBO is a remake of the 1932 classic "Red Dust", based on Wilson Collison's Broadway play. John Lee Mahin re-tooled his original screenplay, and Clark Gable returned to reprise his role of a rubber plantation owner (Dennis Carson in "Red Dust", but called Victor Marswell in the remake).

Clark Gable's performamce is amazing. How often does an actor have the opportunity of revisiting a character 20 years later, and use their maturity and experience to flesh out the role to a greater extent than they did before? In "Red Dust", Gable was magnificent, but here in MOGAMBO, he is positively magnetic.

Ava Gardner plays Eloise Kelly (`Honey Bear') who battles with crisp Linda Nordley (Grace Kelly) for the affections of Victor. Gardner is more than a match for Jean Harlow; and Grace Kelly, in one of her first big important roles, is fantastic in the part originally taken by Mary Astor. Filmed on location in Africa, director John Ford brings a lot more action and cinematic thrill to the story, but the central love-trilogy remains the focus. Highly-recommend, but if you haven't seen "Red Dust", I recommend that as well."
African love story
Cory D. Slipman | Rockville Centre, N.Y. | 02/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Mogambo was essentially a convoluted love story set against the glorious and picturesque backdrop of the African savannah.A somewhat aged looking Clark Gable in his typical macho style played Victor Marswell a safari leader and procurer of wild animals for zoos and circuses based in Kenya. Arriving at Gable's complex unexpectedly in search of a recently departed maharajah is the raven haired beauty Ava Gardner. Gardner, a wordly chorus girl from New York and Gable imediately hit it off. Things are proceeding swimmingly until the arrival of the next safari clients, the Nordleys. Professor Nordley played by Donald Sinden is an anthropologist interested in gorillas. His wife the prim, proper and lovely Grace Kelly rues her loveless marriage and is smitten with Gable. Gable returns her advances and soon we are in the midst of a love quadrangle.The heat is turned up as the group goes on safari to gorilla country and passions percolate. All the while they are fleeing from hostile natives, chasing a plethora of wild and exotic animals and travelling through some of the most scenic country imaginable.The interplay among the main characters as well as the supporting cast was very amusing. The settings and cinematography was first rate. The satisfying conclusion ties up the plot into a neat little package."
A successful remake with a perfect ending
Classic Movie watcher | 12/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"
Red Dust, the original on which Mogambo was based, starred Clark Gable and Jean Harlow set in Asia. 21 years later, the remake was in technicolor, shot in Africa and starred Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly.

What made this movie attractive were the 3-dimensional characters - Gable, as the animal trapper Victor, won hands down with his masculine outlook, down-to-earth character, knew-it-all worldly knowledge. Grace Kelly, as the married woman Linda, would steal every one's heart with her elegant beauty. But it was Ava Garner that shone brightly throughout the movie. She was Kelly, the American who fought fiercely, but clumsily and in vain, in her pursuit of Victor's love. She might lose to Linda but beneath her unforgiving remarks about Linda, she had a big and understanding heart. She helped Victor all along and stood up for Victor and Linda when Linda's husband began to suspect. Ava Garner was beautifully portrayed here, both under the camera and in the script. She had wit, courage and adapted well in the jungle. And there was chemistry between Gable and Gardner, whose vulnerable feelings were disguised by their professions and their strong characters.

A thought provoking movie about sophisticated people and mature love. And I couldn't see the ending coming, not until the last minute."
African adventure with Gable and Grace.
Gary B. Linger | East Liverpool, Ohio USA | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If Clark Gable had not been a star before Mogambo, he would have been afterward. This is the kind of stuff that creates action heroes. You name it, it's got it ... adventure, romance, and intrigue. Sadly, it's the kind of picture which could never get made today. The characters in this story are the real thing ... the plot doesn't have to develop their personalities. It's a bigger-than-life scenario with ole big ears as the great white hunter, and the future Princess as the impressionable wife of an anthropologist. The only twist is that before the dashing couple arrives, another flame ignities our hero's fire. When they throw the whole gang into an ill-timed safari, all you-know-what breaks loose. The action doesn't interfere with the plot, and vice versa. Just about the time you think it might becoming a love story, it's action time. The movie keeps you interested from the first shot to the happy ending. What would you expect from a Gable and Grace movie?"