Would you trade Jean Harlow for Ava Gardner and Mary Astor for Grace Kelly? Hard choice! Not for Clark Gable who plays the leading part in Red Dust and in Mogambo, Red Dust's remake, shot 21 years later. If you're a movie lover, Red Dust should already be in your library. Masterpiece.
kind of sad that I had to see this on a VHS copy older than me, but I can see why MGM (although I'd assume that Warner has it now) would never want this to see the light of day again. I love Harlow's insistence on never wearing anything more than a night gown and Gable constantly telling her not to walk around half-naked and wear clothes!
Red Dust is ideal embodiment of man's whore/madonna complex. The formula is simple: go fool around with the mighty inaccessible Anglophilic upper class then return to your own class with a sultry blonde bombshell. In this way, both your ego and your libido are relentlessly satisfied. (Gee I surely envy him. )
Not the biggest Harlow fan, but she actually is quite good here, in what may be her finest role. Gable is Gable. Holds up much better than the remake, which took a lot of the teeth out of the story/subject matter, but for whatever reason is harder to catch on TV. Solid 4 stars. A pre code classic