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October 30, 2023

35 Vintage Photos of Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly During the Filming of ‘Mogambo’ (1953)

Mogambo is a 1953 Technicolor adventure/romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly, and featuring Donald Sinden.

Shot on location in Equatorial Africa, with a musical soundtrack consisting entirely of actual African tribal music recorded in the Congo, the film was adapted by John Lee Mahin from the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison. The picture is a remake of Red Dust (1932), which was set in Vietnam and also starred Gable in the same role.

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.

These vintage photos captured portraits of Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly during the filming of Mogambo in 1953.


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