This sweaty, sexy, and gritty 1932 version of the more watched and remembered Mogambo, isn’t better or much different except in setting and atmosphere. Red Dust has Jean Harlow playing Vantine, a prostitute, and Mogambo has Ava Gardner, post Code, refashioned as a chorus girl Eloise Kelly. Both have the best lines; they’re wisecracking dames who have seen too much of the world. Both play their most remembered roles: Ava Gardner got her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress; Jean Harlow shot to superstardom. Mary Astor portrays the married high class lady in 1932; Grace Kelly in the remake. Astor’s performance is much more mature than Kelly’s teenage girl like performance. Kelly got an Oscar nod though. Clark Gable is of course less jaded in 1932 than 1953; he’s all big and sweaty, but he gets the women worked up in Red Dust; in Mogambo the women are the ones who get him all hot and bothered. Red Dust, shot on a sound stage at MGM studios, is tighter and faster paced than Mogambo, which was shot on location in Africa. In Red Dust you can smell the sweat, in Mogambo you can feel the heat of Africa.