The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Director: Henry King
Year Released: 1952
Rating: 1.0

Ill and immobile because of an infected leg, writer/traveler Harry Street (Gregory Peck) takes the time to reminisce about two previous girlfriends, Cynthia (Ava Gardner) and Countess Liz (Hildegard Knef), while present love interest Helen (Susan Hayward) sits by his side to care for him and hope for help to arrive.  It's almost comical how Hollywood has never done the great Ernest Hemingway any favors by making lousy adaptations of his books, and this is no different from most of them: the author himself was irritated they "cannibalized" his other books to "pad" this for length (there are portions of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms in there) and it's ironic how over-extended it is, considering Papa was well-known for his simplicity and brevity.  The final punch in the mandible is with the optimistic ending, but I guess Twentieth Century-Fox couldn't allow a conclusion in which their star dies from gangrene.