Mogambo (MGM 1953, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner)

In Mogambo Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, and Ava Gardner go on an African safari where they look glamorous enough to have just wandered by for cocktails. Gable plays the magnetic macho great white hunter, and Gardner the woman hunting the hunter while trying to distract the wandering eyes of the cool, married Kelly. A more sensual remake of Red Dust, in which Gable costarred with Jean Harlow 21 years earlier, aided by the assured direction of Ford and a dazzling cast.

While making the movie Gable became an avid big-game hunter. He became a local celebrity for killing a crocodile that had been threatening a local tribe, thus earning him the title Bwana.


Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress: Grace Kelly. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress: Ava Gardner; Best Supporting Actress: Grace Kelly.

Cast: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Laurence Naismith, Philip Stainton,

Director: John Ford
Producer: Sam Zimbalist
Original Story: John Lee Mahin
Directors of Photography: Robert Surtees, Freddie Young
Editor: Frank Clarke
Art Director: Alfred Junge

USA / MGM / 116 minutes / 1953

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