The tough, uncompromising Hemingway story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" (a title too long for any marquee) was brought to the screen with vitality and invention by the eccentric and talented Zoltan Korda, brother of mogul Alexander, and the result was surprisingly effective.
Peck, Preston and Bennett had more to do with that than the script. Preston is Macomber, a wealthy playboy who, with wife Margaret (Bennett) at his side, hires great white hunter Robert Wilson (Peck) to guide them to the African hunting grounds. Margaret has little or no respect for her husband,
knowing that he is a weak-willed character with no courage at all, and she makes a play...