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Movie : The African Queen

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A church service is going on in the middle of the African jungle.  The congregation is made up of  natives except the two white missionaries.  We hear a steam whistle which takes the focus off the sermon.  The whistle belongs to the African Queen an old steam boat that makes the run up the river to deliver mail.  Mr Allnut runs the boat.  He’s a little rough around the edges.  The Reverend and his sister Rose invite Allnut for tea and learn that the mail delivery is going to be disrupted for a while because war has broken out.  It’s 1911 and Germany is controlling the waters in this part of Africa.

Allnut leaves the missionaries only to return a short time later.  The Germans have burned the village.  The Reverend has died.  Allnut collects Rose hoping to find a place to hide and sit out the war.  Rose convinces Allnut, Charlie, to rig a homemade torpedo and sink the German ship that is patrolling the waters and making things difficult for the English.  At first he rejects the idea then agrees to do it.  Together the mismatched couple make their way up the river to sink the German war ship.

Cincinnati Babyhead was along for the ride.  This is a flick that CB watched with his dad when he was a kid (revisited many times).  He loved it.  The whole concept appealed to his sense of adventure.  I’ll keep this short

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John Huston makes a good one.  Putting Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart together was perfect casting.  They bring out the best in each other.  Totally believable as the characters.  The cool twist in this is Rose is the aggressor and the driving force on blowing up the war ship.  Also Bogart conceding to her wish without too much resistance was a cool choice.  He saves his fight with the river.  But it just isn’t him.  She roles up her sleeves and matches him tooth and nail maybe even out guts him.  The trip brings them together and you know they were made for each other.  Hepburn is fantastic.  She gets more real as the trip goes and strips away her tight ass upbringing and gets down  to business.  She’s beautiful.  Bogart is simply one of  the best.  Ever.  CB loves this guy and Charlie doesn’t do anything to diminish that.

The old man turned CB onto some great films (and music) and this was one of them.  It’s a re-watch every once in a while type movie.  Turn out the lights, snack up and go for a boat ride with Rosie and Charlie.

 

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15 comments on “Movie : The African Queen

  1. hotfox63
    April 2, 2017

    Tea contra gin!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2017

      The look on Bogarts face when Hepburn poured his booze over board. No acting involved. “Tea contra gin”, that’s what Charlie was hung over with at the start wasn’t it? It’s funny, the lines, quotes ,scenes that stick with us.

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  2. Jim S.
    April 2, 2017

    When I was a kid growing up in Philly, they used to broadcast a program at 11:30 called “The Late Show.” This was not a talk show but a showcase for old movies. They used to use a light symphonic piece called “The Syncopated Clock” to introduce it.

    One week they played all Bogart movies. I had no idea who he was and decided to watch ’em all. By the end of the week I was a Bogart fan. I don’t remember all of them but definitely “High Sierra” and probably “Maltese Falcon.” But this is a great one. Hepburn and Bogie? Are you kidding me?

    Note – they shot much of this on location in Africa and by all accounts, it was a rough shoot. Wikipedia says this: “Hepburn had a bucket nearby because she was often sick between takes. Bogart later bragged that he was the only one to escape illness, which he credited to not drinking any water on location, but instead fortifying himself from the large supply of Gordon’s gin he had brought along with him.”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2017

      The Doctor is a film fan also. Very cool. CB is a big Bogart fan (only problem is he sets off cravings for booze and cigarettes). He was doing it before “Method” acting was the rage. Couldn’t get more natural and real than Bogie. I heard him and Huston needed to rest their livers when they came out of that shoot. Hepburn more than held her own in the film. She had too being around those two guys. Casting is crucial and Huston nailed it on this one. I will be checking out “The Syncopated Clock”

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      • Jim S.
        April 2, 2017

        Oh, yeah. Movie love up there with music. I considered doing reviews and commentary on my blog. But then not only realized I’d have to change the name, also quickly realized I already spend enough time writing the music blog. So, enjoyable as it might be, I took a pass. Plus if I did, I’d be writing more about old movies than new.

        I wanna see the kind of movies you’re talking about. Films made for manly men and the women who love them. 😀 Alas, much of what’s in theaters today is superhero action crap that I do not care about. What’s sad is how many of my peers have willingly shrugged off the quality stuff you’re talking about and get excited about the next remake of, say, Jurassic Park or “reboot” of Baywatch. I’ll hold out for the next ‘LA Confidential’ or “King’s Speech’ and spent the rest of the spare time watching stuff like ‘Homeland’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ on TV. That’s where the action has gone IMHO>

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2017

        With films like the music, I always wanted to know where they were hiding the good stuff. People are steered to that stuff you mentioned. CB has no interest (Unless he’s in the dog house or loses a bet and has to take the little monsters to a movie). ‘LA Confidential’? Written by James Ellroy (a CB fave writer)and made into one good film. ‘Kings Speech’ was also well done. ‘BB’ is just real good. The music on that show kills it. I am smelling a new blog coming from “Bean Town”. Every time I see Bogie and the leech scene I think about the swimming hole in my home town. Thanks for your input Dr. it is looked forward too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2017

      “The Syncopated Clock”. I know that tune. That’s funny!

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  3. greenpete58
    April 2, 2017

    Great review, CB. A classic movie. My wife loves the “remake” with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron (“Father Goose”) but I prefer this one. Here’s a music tie-in: did you know Bryan Ferry was a huge Bogart fan? He and his mother used to frequent the theatre in Newcastle as a kid. The Roxy song “2 HB” is his tribute to Bogie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2017

      I did not know that about Ferry but I do know he has an album called ‘As Time Goes By’ so that makes sense. I will check that out (Why I love the input). I also didn’t know the ‘Father Goose’ tie in either. Heard of it but never saw it. My old man exposed me to some great films (and music). ‘Queen’ hits on so many cylinders. Thanks for chiming in, always adds to the take.

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      • greenpete58
        April 3, 2017

        “2HB” is on the first Roxy Music album, and Ferry re-did it for his solo album “Let’s Stick Together.” He also deliberately dressed like Bogart in “Casablanca,” with the white tux and bowtie.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 3, 2017

        I listened to the song. I remember hearing it. I never made the connection. Pretty obvious especially with the lyric “Here’s looking at you kid”. Casablanca is on deck for watching. Thanks again for the input, it makes CB a little smarter. (I peaked over at greenpete58. Very interesting topic. I’ll be over later to have a better read.

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  4. yeahanotherblogger
    April 3, 2017

    Like you say, it’s a great one. Haven’t seen it in years. I need to watch it again!

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  5. dcw0731
    April 7, 2017

    Great review CB. Had the pleasure of watching this again about 6 months ago. Your review is right on the money.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 8, 2017

      Thanks. Great film. When you like something it’s easy, you just tell the truth. Makes me want to watch it again.

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