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This review is from: Red Dust [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Imagine the lush heat of the jungle and the brutish, sex-starved men that live there. All that heat is present in Red Dust, the story of the manager of a rubber plantation (Clark Gable) and his lust for a prostitute (Jean Harlow) and a society wife (Mary Astor). This is heady stuff for the early 30s, but thankfully plenty passed by the lax censorship of the pre-code era. We've got it all with adultery, a bathing scene, and gunfire.
Besides the racy story, Red Dust has the benefit of an excellent cast, all in top form here. Harlow is sexy and full of personality here as Vantine. She has plenty of great quips, and her comedic timing with Willie Fung is excellent. Gable is Gable, strong and masculine as ever and taking no prisoners. Despite his tough exterior and his unapologetic tendency to use and abuse women, it is hard not to find him attractive. Astor is vulnerable and suseptible to his advances, but convincingly toggles between her lust for him and her love for her husband (Gene Raymond).
Red Dust is light years ahead of the remake also starring Gable called Mogambo. You'll find yourself watching it and re-watching it and never getting tired of it.