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Mogambo (1953) was a Drama - Adventure Film directed by John Ford and produced by Sam Zimbalist.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressAva GardnerNominated
Best Supporting ActressGrace KellyNominated

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Mogambo (1953): John Ford Updates Red Dust

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 16, 2021 From 4 Star Films

Whether it’s apocryphal or not the term “Mogambo” is purported to be the Swahili word for “passion,” although it’s difficult to know if this was only hearsay propagated by westerners (now including myself). Regardless, it boasts an intriguing if altogether curious... Read full article

90 Years of MGM- 1932’s Red Dust and 1953’s Mogambo

By Orson De Welles on Jun 26, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!The battle of the sexes! The battle of the gorillas! These two films basically follow the same general plot but as pieces of entertainment are as different as a hurricane and a drought. And, although this is a reposting of an old post from a few years ago, we have one important change to ... Read full article

“All Sorts of Hunger in the World”: Mogambo

By Brandie on Aug 25, 2013 From True Classics

Two decades after burning up the screen with Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932), Clark Gable returned to the material that had made him one of the preeminent leading men of the 1930s when he starred in?Mogambo?(1953). This time around, the action–shot on location and brought to life in splendid Te... Read full article


By Dawn on Jul 2, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Mogambo(1953). Directer: John Ford. Cast: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Donald Sinden. The film was adapted from the play by Wilson Colliso. Kelly won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (1954), and the film was nominated for two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gardner), a... Read full article


By RBuccicone on Mar 20, 2012 From MacGuffin Movies

Mogambo (1953) ?????Twenty-one years after Clark Gable made the exotically set romantic triangle drama Red Dust, he made it again. Gable’s rubber plantation owner in Indochina moves to Africa to a job in exotic animal sales for Mogambo.?Replace Jean Harlow‘s slutty prostitute with Ava Ga... Read full article

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Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: Let me jump to my own conclusions.

Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: This is no Sir Galahad who loves from afar. This is a two-legged boa constrictor.

Eloise Kelly: Look, Buster, don't you get overstimulated with me!

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The "Ah Bey Ah Bay (Kooasawa)" chanted by the natives was later employed by celebrated rock and roll DJ and MC Murray The K as a popular "call and response" ritual with his listeners and fans.
Maureen O'Hara was the first choice for Honey Bear Kelly, but MGM needed Ava Gardner in a movie and made John Ford cast Gardner instead, which is one of the reasons for Ford's vicious treatment towards Gardner while filming.
Gene Tierney was first choice for the role of Linda. She dropped out due to emotional problems which were now interfering with her work.
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