“I guess there’s all sorts of hunger in the world, isn’t there?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Gable and Gardner have tremendous chemistry together:
… though Gable’s attraction to beautiful Kelly (whose husband is a complete milquetoast) makes sense as well:
There’s not too much to the storyline other than this sticky love triangle — and those who’ve seen the original know how things will turn out; however, it’s easy to understand why audiences in the ’50s would enjoy seeing these gorgeous stars together, and also appreciate the location footage (which today comes across as both exoticizing and — in terms of the perceived harm caused to several wild animals — somewhat disturbing). The film primarily remains noteworthy for Gardner’s Oscar-nominated performance, which is consistently a delight — and of course, Ford’s direction is solid throughout.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: