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Mogambo (1953)




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The 1953 Clark Gable film Mogambo is a remake of Gable's 1932 seriocomic adventure Red Dust. Where the earlier film was lensed on the MGM backlot, Mogambo was shot on location in Africa by director John Ford. Gable is safari leader Victor Marswell, who plays "host" to stranded Eloise Y. Kelly (Ava Gardner, who is no better than she ought to be but is just right for our raffish hero -- the Gardner role was originally played along franker pre-Code lines by Jean Harlow). Anthropologist Donald Nordley (Donald Sinden) hires Victor to lead him into the deepest, darkest jungle. Along for the ride is Donald's wife, Linda (Grace Kelly), outwardly cool as a cucumber but secretly harboring a lust for Victor. Scorned, Kelly tries to kill Victor, but true-blue Eloise takes the blame for the shooting. Reportedly, Grace Kelly carried on an off-camera romance with Clark Gable, which ended when the differences in their ages proved insurmountable. Even so, it is the easy rapport between Gable and Ava Gardner which stole the show in Mogambo.

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Clark Gable
as Victor Marswell
Ava Gardner
as Eloise Y. Kelly
Grace Kelly
as Linda Nordley
Donald Sinden
as Donald Nordley
Philip Stainton
as John Brown Pryce
Eric Pohlmann
as Leon Boltchak
Denis O'Dea
as Father Josef
Asa Etula
as Young Native Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mogambo

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Gable actually hasn't had one good movie since his return from World War II service. He's got it now in Mogambo.

June 24, 2019 | Full Review…

I have no doubt that 'Mogambo' is one of the weakest romantic films I have ever seen from John Ford. [Full review in Spanish]

March 11, 2021 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

An amusing romantic comedy with an African jungle setting... Enjoyable hokum which never takes itself too seriously.

October 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Mogambo is a silly, laid-back Hollywood romance with an exotic setting, but it's nonetheless quite affecting and satisfying.

September 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Clark Gable reprises his role from Fleming's 1932 adventure in this colorful and enjoyable remake by John Ford, featuring great performances by Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly

February 24, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

staid, ridiculous

June 28, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mogambo


I found this movie boring, I didn't watch the entire movie I was too bored. This is one of those jungle pictures with a little romance thrown in, and not much more. I didn't like it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Pretty good "white hunter in darkest Africa" flick with Clark Gable gathering wild animals for zoos while fighting off (or not) chorus girl Ava Gardner and little rich (married) girl Grace Kelly. Cool on-location scenes. This is a remake of Red Dust, a film also starring Gable as a rubber plantation owner, with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor filling the women's roles.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

I was under whelmed.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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