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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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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

Cinema Style File--The Colorful Ava Gardner in MOGAMBO and BAREFOOT CONTESSA

on Nov 16, 2010 From GlamAmor

Ava Gardner is TCM's Star of the Month for November and, as always, it's a thrill to watch her. She's a fiery actress, full of a strength and sexuality that never wavers. Her acting comes from her story, too, which is an incredible one. Grew up poor in North Carolina, moved to New York and had he... Read full article

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Quotes from

Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: You and nobody else is gonna wring me out and hang me up to dry again.

Eloise Kelly: Well anyway, they both blew up in a million pieces somewhere over Berlin. But you know, Brownie, as short as it lasted, it was like being blessed for a lifetime.
John Brown-Pryce: So you hit the high spots and the gay beaches, trying to forget again.
Eloise Kelly: Yeah. Great strength of character.

Victor Marswell: Sometimes it
Victor Marswell: gets you nasty enough to get a nasty job done.

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Facts about

Although the original trailer for the film explains that "Mogambo" means "the Greatest," in fact, the word "Mogambo" has no meaning at all. Producer Sam Zimbalist came up with the title by altering the name of the Mocambo, a famous Hollywood nightclub.
Deborah Kerr and Lana Turner were sought for the female leads.
Despite the high budget, most of the movie was actually filmed in the studio in Hollywood.
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