The Macomber Affair
|The Macomber Affair|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Zoltan Korda|
|Produced by||Benedict Bogeaus
|Screenplay by||Seymour Bennett
|Based on||the short-story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"
by Ernest Hemingway
|Music by||Miklós Rózsa|
|Editing by||George Feld
|Studio||Benedict Bogeaus Productions|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||89 minutes|
The Macomber Affair is a 1947 psychological drama set in British East Africa concerning a fatal triangle involving a frustrated wife, a weak husband, and the professional hunter who comes between them. The film was distributed by United Artists and directed by Zoltan Korda, and features Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, and Robert Preston.
The screenplay was written by Casey Robinson and Seymour Bennett and adapted by Bennett and Frank Arnold, based on a short story, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" (1936), by Ernest Hemingway.
What happened was this: Francis, a wealthy man, has alienated Margo with what she perceives as cowardice. She is attracted to Robert, so to prove his masculinity, Francis sets out to kill a lion.
He succeeds only in wounding it. Robert insists the animal must be tracked and killed so it will not to suffer. But when the lion approaches, Francis runs and Robert must shoot it. A furious Margo humiliates her husband by kissing Robert on the lips.
As their animosity grows, Francis shows cruelty to a servant. When a bull charges on the next hunt, Margo takes aim and shoots, but her bullet strikes Francis and he falls dead. Robert tries to get her to admit that the shot was accidental as Margo prepares to go on trial for her life.
- Gregory Peck as Robert Wilson
- Joan Bennett as Margaret Macomber
- Robert Preston as Francis Macomber
- Reginald Denny as Police Inspector
- Jean Gillie as Aimee
- Carl Harbord as Coroner
- Earl Smith as Kongoni
- Frederick Worlock as Clerk
- Vernon Downing as Reporter Logan
- The Macomber Affair at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Macomber Affair at the Internet Movie Database
- The Macomber Affair at allmovie
- The Macomber Affair at the TCM Movie Database
- The Macomber Affair essay by Moira Finnie at Turner Classic Movies - Movie Morlocks