|With director John Ford.|
Of course I had seen Mogambo before, but I didn't like it very much the first time. The other day I re-watched it on TCM, and although some of the ridiculous things were still there (like Clark Gable in shorts and Grace Kelly's character being such a bore) I just couldn't stop laughing at Ava's hilarious and sharp remarks. She completely saves the movie for me.
These are some great lines by Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly:
[Vic hoists a young rhinoceros out of a trap]
Hey, a kangaroo!
Let me jump to my own conclusions.
The only lions I ever want to see again are the two in front of the public library.
Can't you get me a canoe, or a truck, or roller skates to get out of here?
[To Victor Marswell/Clark Gable]
Mr. Marswell, you look a lot better. I bet you even smell better.
[Saying goodbye the baby elephant]
Now, you be a good little boy. Wash behind your ears every day and eat all your nice raw potatoes so you'll grow up to be a big, fat elephant...and then step on your Uncle Victor's corns every day.
These animal-catching characters don't have many nerves...just one great big one.
[After hearing a conversation between Clark Gable & Grace Kelly]
Brother, I can take your Cook's tour around the zoo but when we get on this mental
striptease and hide behind Louisa May Alcott I want a powder!
[To Clark Gable]
As a matter of fact, your head would look pretty decorative over his mantelpiece. With your big ears stuck out like an elephant about to charge.
I uploaded for you two of my favorite scenes from her.
In the first one Ava is funnily pissed off and then she feeds a baby elephant and a baby rhino, in a very natural acted way.
Now a subtle confrontation with Grace Kelly, while the guys try to show them the African fauna. Ava's lines are just too funny!
Hope you enjoyed!