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Mogambo (1953)

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When it’s on: Thursday, 3 May (11.05 am)
Channel: More4
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Mogambo was John Ford’s remake of the 1932 film, Red Dust, and it’s that rarest of things when it comes to Ford flicks – average.

It had a lot going for it. Mogambo was made as Hollywood’s treatment of Africa began to change. No longer the Dark Continent of endless jungles, savage natives, Tarzan and restless danger, cameras focused more on its natural beauty and amazing wildlife, much of which appears in the film. Using Technicolor, the shoots on location are marvellous – we might have seen all this stuff many times, but a yarn in which the cast mix with African animals was something new and exotic for the mid-1950s.

Then there’s the cast. Ford was teamed with Clark Gable, reprising his star turn in Red Dust. In Mogambo, Gable plays Victor Marswell, a big game…

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