The African Queen (1955) Directed by John Huston
Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut and Kathryn Hepburn as Rose Sayer

Rose: If we were to fill those cylinders with that blasting gelatin and then fix them so that they would stick out over the end of the boat and then run the boat against the side of a ship, they would go off… just like a torpedo. Wouldn’t they?
Charlie: Yeah. Yeah, if they had detonators in the ends.
Rose: We could, what do you call it, get a good head of steam up and then point the launch toward a ship and just before she hits… we could dive off. Couldn’t we?
Charlie: (laughs) Why sure, miss. Sure. Absolutely. There’s only one little thing wrong with your idea. There ain’t nothin’ to torpedo.
Rose: Oh, yes there is.
Charlie: There’s what?
Rose: Something to torpedo.
Charlie: What’s that?
Rose: The Louisa.
Charlie: The Louisa?! Oh now, don’t talk silly miss. You can’t do that, honest you can’t. I told you before we can’t get down the Ulanga.
Rose: Spengler did.
Charlie: Well, in a canoe maybe!
Rose: If a German did it, we can do it too.
Charlie: Not in no barge, miss!
Rose: How do you know? You’ve never tried it.
Charlie: Well, I never tried shootin’ myself in the head neither. The trouble with you, miss, is you don’t know anything about boats.

3 Responses to “The African Queen (1951)”

  1. It was never my favorite Bogart, but who can deny the chemistry of it’s two leading icons, and the exceeding entertainment classic it is reverentially regarded as by so many. A new print is out there, and a recent viewing at the Film Forum taught me the error of my ways.

  2. LOL, we’re on the exact same page, Sam.

  3. That’s funny because this was never my favorite either, but rewatching it was a lot of fun.

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