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Mogambo (1953)

Director: John Ford     Starring: Clark Gable Grace Kelly Ava Gardner
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202473976
UPC: 012569592223
UPC 14: 00012569592223
Category Keywords: Action  Adventure  Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
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An action-packed remake of 'red dust' in which a safari leader becomes involved in a love triangle with a beautiful showgirl and a married woman.

"A good script, a famous cast, a legendary director. All the ingredients are there...  Brian Koller,
"Romantic triangle in Africa combines love and action; beautifully filmed...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Clark Gable reprises his role as veteran big-game trapper and guide Vic Marswell in John Ford's remake of RED DUST, the actor's 1932 hit. After a brief fling with Eloise Kelly (Ava Gardner), an adventurer temporarily stranded in Kenya, Vic is hired as a guide by British anthropologist Donald Nordley (Donald Sinden)--who has come to study the gorilla--and his wife, Linda (Grace Kelly). Linda is immediately attracted to Vic and begins flirting with him furiously, behavior that goes unnoticed by her preoccupied husband but not the jealous Eloise, who manages to get in a few verbal jabs at dinner. While walking through the jungle, Vic saves Linda from an attacking panther, and although she tacitly offers herself to him, he passes. As the group's safari heads into gorilla country, the sexual tension between Vic and Linda increases, but her husband's absorption in simian affairs prevents repercussions. However, the gorillas do not reciprocate Donald's interest, and when one of them attacks the scientist, Vic has a chance to be rid of his mild-mannered rival. One of Ford's least typical projects, this comedy of jungle manners includes none of his characteristic themes, but the sardonic John Lee Mahin script, the easy rapport between Gable and Gardner, and the striking photography of the African veldt make it a film well worth watching.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/20/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1953
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65922
Video UPC UPC: 00012569592223
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.37:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ava Gardner
Video Cast Info Clark Gable
Video Cast Info Donald Sinden
Video Cast Info Grace Kelly
Video Cast Info Frank Clarke - Editor
Video Cast Info Freddie Young - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Video Cast Info John Lee Mahin - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Sam Zimbalist - Producer
Video Cast Info Wilson Collison - Based On Play By


Oscar (1954)
   Video Award Name Ava Gardner, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Grace Kelly, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe (1954)
Video Award Name Grace Kelly, Winner, Best Supporting Actress

British Academy Awards (1954)
   Video Award Name Mogambo, Nominee, Best Film from any Source

Professional Reviews 8 of 10
John Ford's 1953 remake of Red Dust lies far from his field of personal interest--in Africa, in fact--but it is a creditable sex and safari yarn. Ava Gardner more than holds her own against Jean Harlow's original performance, lending her dusky energy to a tritely conceived part: she's the international call girl who falls for the great white hunter (Clark Gable, far more interesting than he was in the first version). As the temptingly pure and fragile Englishwoman, Grace Kelly was closer to Ford's sympathy and understanding, but Gardner walks off with the movie and the man. Oddly, the studio scenes are more atmospheric than the location shots. - Gregory Meshman

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gable,Clark
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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