Synopsis: Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed.
Director(s): John Ford
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Laddie, our luck's in.

Black leopard, laddie.

Black leopard nosing the kill.

Get the jeep, Brownie.


Come on, on your feet. Let's go.

Don't let him twist that net.

Come on, get around there.

Get a move on, man.

Easy, Boltchak!

- Big time! He's a big one!

- Yeah. Young too.

Boltchak, stop that!

Who's there? Bunny?


No, this is not Bunny.

Who are you?

May I ask who you are, why you're here...

...and what in blue blazes is going on?

- My name is Eloise Kelly.

Better known in the gay capitals of Europe

as "Honey Bear" Kelly.

The first thing that's going on is my robe,

on your arm there...

...if you'll be so cooperative.

With pleasure, Miss Kelly.

Stop. Throw.

Turn around.

No kidding, find Bunny

and tell him I'm here, will you?

I'd be glad to, if you'd tell me

who Bunny is and where I'd find him.

The Maharajah of Bunganore.

Didn't he tell you I was coming?

So you came down to visit

with the Maharajah?

Sure. All the way from New York.

I think it's a dirty trick he wasn't on hand

to meet me when I came.

- Didn't he tell you?

- No. The Maharajah is in India.

He left here a week ago.

- He didn't.

- Yes, he did.

It seems someone is trying to take away

some of his palaces.

So he went back

to see what he could do about it.

- Oh, no.

- Oh, yes.

Didn't he say anything about me,

that I was coming or anything?

No, he didn't.

Just between you and me,

I think he's turned out to be a big heel.

He didn't even leave you a return ticket.

Look, Mr. Whoever-You-Are,

let me jump to my own conclusions.

Of all the rotten, subversive tricks.

Flying all the way, thousands of miles,

to this lousy place...

...arriving here hot and tired

as a Sixth Avenue mink...

That water's even hotter, and that soap

gives out as much lather as blue cheese.

I'm the man that owns this building,

the shower, and the soap.

- I wouldn't be proud of it.

- This is my home, be it ever so humble.

I had to have some place to go.

I couldn't get a word out of laughing boy

over there...

...with the sleigh bells in his ears.

Of all the dirty...

Bawling out the Maharajah long-distance

isn't going to do any good.

If you'll pardon my subtlety...

I'm not so sure I'd want you on safari

in the first place.

I run a business here.

I'm working these men.

They have to keep their mind on work...

Look, buster,

don't you get overstimulated with me.

I'm the little gal that flew all the way

from New York... this lousy place, this Dark Continent.

Only I expected to find

a man with a flashlight.

I suggest you use up some of that energy

in getting your clothes on.

- I'll assign you to a room at the other end.

- Wait a minute.

Can't you get me a canoe, or a truck,

or roller skates to get out of here?

Trucks couldn't get through this country,

even if I could spare one.

You're stuck with us

until next week's boat.

- You mean there's no way to get out?

- No.

Now, weren't you going to do something

about getting dressed?


This will be the gayest week

of the season.

Plenty deep, all right.

I thought I told you to replace

that barbed wire.

We went after a black leopard,

remember, laddie?

I'm sorry, Brownie.

Hi, girl. Hello. How are you? Come here.

All right, let's get on with the feeding.

What do you think I'm doing now?

Vic, you're getting too unstrung

for your own good.

Why don't you fly out to Nairobi

or even Cairo for a week or two?

You haven't been out of here

for just on a year.

I'd like to, but Dorgenbeck's yelling

for those two white hippo.

And I'll pick that cat up, if I have

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John Lee Mahin

John Lee Mahin (August 23, 1902, Evanston, Illinois – April 18, 1984, Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter and producer of films who was active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was known as the favorite writer of Clark Gable and Victor Fleming. In the words of one profile, he had "a flair for rousing adventure material, and at the same time he wrote some of the raciest and most sophisticated sexual comedies of that period." more…

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