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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mogambo is a silly, laid-back Hollywood romance with an exotic setting, but it's nonetheless quite affecting and satisfying."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Too long and too ridiculous."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Pointless remake of Red Dust squeaks by on star power."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The easy rapport between Gable and Ava becomes the film's main selling point."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"staid, ridiculous"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"the film's travelogue footage is the only thing that seems to save it from pointlessness."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
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