Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then The Nordleys show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell.
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Ok reimaging of 'Red Dust' that recasts Gable as a pretty long in the tooth safari hunter pursued by both experienced Ava Gardner and innocent Grace Kelly. Gardner ( in an Oscar nominated turn) is dynamite here and is the main reason to watch. The location shooting doesn't always blend with the studio work but overall the visual majesty is evident. Gable even past his prime oozes masculinity.
A movie about sex and animals. Gable, a man very close to Mother nature thanks to his elephantine ears according to Ava Gardner who emphasizes it twice in Mogambo, must choose between her and the sophisticated Grace Kelly. We witness once again here the eternal fight between Nature and Culture, between The Naked (Ava in the shower) and The Dead (Grace in the savannah). Highly recommended.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Gable's Gable, Gardner's captivatingly likable (despite being practically useless in the 2nd half of the movie) and despite a low-key performance, Grace Kelly did a good job. The location footage didn't flow with the studio footage so nicely and it felt like Mogambo was a dollar store African Queen with an undercooked story. Dumb ending.
3.5 stars. I like this film but I think it is a piffle, too. John Ford as director is a mighty credit but I don't think he is fully engaged. Gable is affable but old, Kelly is pretty and light. Ava Gardner comes through, however. She is having fun and it shows. She redeems everything and makes the film.
>>> Histoire quelconque, cent fois ébauchée, rabâchée, affichée. La morale est sauve dans tous les cas de figures. A voir seulement pour les acteurs. On note la performance de Clark Gable qui interprète, à vingt ans de différence, le même rôle. Pour l'exotisme, les tribus noires de Samburu, Wagenia, Bahaya et M'Beti... www.cinefiches.com
Gable has two girls of the caliber of Kelly and Gardner both wanting to bed him. This kind of thing of thing is common, why just last month nothing remotely similar happened to me.
Jokes aside, Gardner is great, giving a very breezy performance. Kelly is meh, just eye candy. Gable is Gable. Cool shots of the animals, but the use of different film stocks really makes it obvious when something is on set. 4.5 stars
the clark gable / ava gardner interaction is just sensational. eloise kelly, just even with the script writing is intended to be a fascinating, punchy, and witty character but with gardner's acting, she portrays every degree and shade of her role consummately. grace kelly was also very impressive.