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Mogambo

Mogambo is a 1953 Technicolor adventure/romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, featuring Donald Sinden. Shot on location in Equatorial Africa, with a musical soundtrack 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, which starred Gable in the same role. Eloise "Honey Bear" Kelly arrives at a remote African outpost, looking for a rich maharajah acquaintance, only to find he has cancelled his trip owing to unrest in his realm. While waiting for the next river boat out, she spars with hardworking big game hunter Victor Marswell, who views her as a certain disreputable type, they develop a mutual attraction and make love. When the river boat returns, it brings his wife Linda. Honey Bear takes the steamer out at Marswell's urging, although she would prefer to stay with him and he expresses some regret at their parting; the Nordleys wish to go on safari to record the cries of gorillas.

Marswell declines to guide them there due to the difficulties involved and insists that they be guided on the agreed route by his assistant, despite the Nordley's protests. Honey Bear rejoins the group. After Marswell rescues Linda from a panther and Honey Bear sees that they are attracted to one another. After Marswell talks to Linda he agrees to take the Nordleys into gorilla country, while taking Honey Bear part of the way to join the District Commissioner, who can take her back to civilization. However, they find the commissioner mortally wounded by belligerent natives. With reinforcements days away, the small party narrowly escapes. Meanwhile, a serious romance is developing between Linda. Only Donald is blind to the situation. Marswell plans to tell him about how he and Linda feel, but has second thoughts after realizing how much Donald loves his wife and how she would be better off remaining with him; the situation is aggravated when Marswell reluctantly shoots a gorilla to save Donald, blowing a chance to capture a baby gorilla.

Marswell goes back to camp and begins drinking in his tent. Honey Bear joins him; when Linda appears, she finds them cuddling. Marswell decides he can fix everything by making Linda hate him and makes a show of this cuddling followed by dismissive remarks about Linda's infatuation with "the White Hunter" to enrage her, his ploy works too well when Linda shoots him with his own pistol, wounding him in the arm. Honey Bear lies to the others, telling them that Marswell had been making advances to Linda for some time forcing Linda to shoot him in his drunken state; the next day, the party breaks camp to head back, leaving Marswell behind to try to capture young gorillas to pay for the safari. Marswell, acknowledging to himself his feelings for Honey Bear, asks her to stay and proposes to her, but she rebuffs him; as the canoes set off, she jumps into the water and wades her way back to him. The two embrace. Clark Gable as Victor Marswell Ava Gardner as Eloise Kelly Grace Kelly as Linda Nordley Donald Sinden as Donald Nordley Philip Stainton as John Brown-Pryce Eric Pohlmann as Leon Boltchak Laurence Naismith as Skipper Denis O'Dea as Father Josef In 1946 the Los Angeles Times reported that MGM were considering remaking Red Dust with Marilyn Maxwell as a possible star.

In March 1948, Marie McDonald screen tested for the Jean Harlow part. In May 1949, Maxwell and Gene Kelly were being considered for lead roles; the studio went on to have a great deal of success with color remakes of old films shot on location overseas, including Quo Vadis, filmed in Europe, King Solomon's Mines, shot in Africa. In August 1951, MGM announced; the producer would be Sam Zimbalist who had made King Solomon's Mines and the star would be Clark Gable. In February 1952, Zimbalist scouted locations in Africa for six weeks. In June John Ford agreed to direct. Shelley Winters was mentioned as a possible co-star. Patricia Neal was discussed. In June 1952, Ava Gardner signed. Grace Kelly was not the first choice for the role of Linda Nordley. Gene Tierney dropped out due to not wanting to leave Aly Khan in Paris. Gable was given an armed guard due to the Mau Mau Uprising. Filming started 17 November, it was done on location in Okalataka, French Congo. Frank Allen and his wife were guides during the six week-safari.

The shoot was difficult. Gardner fell ill with dysentery during the shoot. There was a rumor Clark Gable was going to be assassinated by the Mau Mau, so John Ford moved a location. Two of the crew were revealed to be Mau Mau; the unit was plagued by rain and the poor quality of the roads - three of the crew were killed in road accidents, including assistant director John Hancock. Donald Sinden a contract star for the Rank Organisation at Pinewood Studios, recalled:"Ten White Hunters were seconded to our unit for our protection and to provide fresh meat. Among them were Viscount Mandeville and Marcus, Lord Wallscourt, a delightful man whom Ford treated abysmally - sometimes sadistically. In Ford's eyes the poor man could do

Train d'enfer

Train d'enfer/Operation Double Cross is a 1965 Italian/French/Spanish international co-production spy film starring Jean Marais. Based on a novel by René Cambon, the film was directed by Gilles Grangier. In Barcelona, secret agent Antoine Donadieu thwarts the plans of a Nazi scientist. Jean Marais as Antoine Donadieu Marisa Mell as Frieda Howard Vernon as Le'professeur' Gérard Tichy as Matras Jean Lara Léon Zitrone as himself In the 2002 film, The Bourne Identity, Marie, in Jason's Paris apartment, wears a Train D'enfer shirt. Train d'enfer on IMDb

Merther

Merther is a small hamlet 2 miles east of Truro in Cornwall, England. It lies on the eastern side of the Tresillian River in the civil parish of St Michael Penkevil, it was the churchtown of the small parish of Merther, the site of a manor house and medieval chapel dedicated to St Cohan. The former parish church is now in ruins. St Coan was a martyr. A new church was built at Tresillian Bridge in 1904; the church was abandoned in the mid-20th century. Merther is 200 metres from the eastern bank of the tidal, T reslllian River, a tributary of the Truro River which flows into the River Fal, it is 3 kilometres via the modern tarmac road to Tresillian Church and the A390 road, which connects Truro and St Austell. There is a shorter route to Tresillian Church, by foot via the farm at Treffry; the former churchtown now consists of Eglosmertha, School Cottage, Rectory Cottage, Penhale and a ruined church and churchyard. Tresawsan is a hamlet in the parish of Merther; the historian William Hals was born at Tresawsan.

Eglosmerther is a Grade II listed building on the site of a manor house, the barton was held in 1311 by the Reskymers. It is now a farm, the farmhouse including the courtyard wall, was a rebuild, in 1806–8 of an earlier house. East of the parish church, in a field called St Coan is the site of St Cohan's well. By 1480 Cohan was regarded as a patron-saint of Merther, he may have been killed near here during the invasion of Cornwall by King Athelstan although there is no evidence that he was buried locally. His chapel was destroyed in about 1750 and by 1860 the last stones removed. An effigy of St Anthony from the 15th-century was moved to Merther Church. St Cohan's was built of slatestone walls with granite dressing. Dating from the 13th-century onwards it has a nave, west tower, south aisle and south porch. Said to be neglected in 1970, the church is now overgrown with vegetation; until 1866, Merther was a chapelry to Probus, 5 kilometres to the north-east. The ecclesiastical parish was combined with Lamorran in 1900 to form the parish of Lamorran and Merther, the civil parish was abolished in 1934 and absorbed into the civil parish of St Michael Penkevil.

In 1904 a more conveniently positioned church, at Tresillian Bridge was enlarged. The 12th-century Pentewan stone font, 17th-century polygonal oak pulpit and bells were removed to the new church, St Cohen's became a mortuary chapel. Merther, Cornwall. UK Genealogy Archive