“Why don’t you find out what kind of a girl I am before you make up your mind?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… rhinos (the most elusive and dangerous prize):
… and elephants. A significant sub-plot revolves around Martinelli’s insistence on saving the life of a young elephant whose mother has died, which leads to her caring for several calves:
… and eventually being honored in a terribly awkward ceremony by a local tribe. Which man will win the hand of each of the (conveniently) beautiful young women on hand otherwise takes up the bulk of the would-be storyline, alongside occasional “comedic” interactions between Wayne and Buttons.
(With Hawks himself age 66 at the time this film was released, is it any wonder the middle-aged men in the cast would somehow have a leg up on the younger, much more handsome candidates?) You truly can skip this one unless you happen to be a Wayne or Hawks completist.
Note: The real-life story of Girardon (best known for her appearance here) is quite tragic.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
2 thoughts on “Hatari! (1962)”
Bottom line: Hawks is one of several directors who reached a point in his career where he simply stopped making worthy films. FFs needn’t bother with anything that follows ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (1953) – though there are some films prior to ‘GPB’ that can be skipped.
Including Rio Bravo (1959)?! One of the most highly regarded westerns of the era.