2.26.2009

Tonight on TCM: The African Queen

Tonight at 8pm Eastern, Turner Classic Movies is showing The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. I first saw the film back in high school with my mom, and it's been a favorite ever since. I remember how enthused she was when it came on - "Ooh! This is a good one!" - and how quickly the chemistry between the two stars and their unlikely love story overcame my adolescent skepticism.

Set in Africa during WW1, Hepburn plays a strait laced missionary who hitches a ride with Bogart, a hard drinking riverboat captain. Shot on location by director John Huston, the film follows their adventures on the river and burgeoning relationship. They are both in perfect form with Hepburn bringing her trademark spunk and Bogart his world-weary cynicism. It's the kind of film that makes you realize that they don't make movies - or movie stars - like they used to.

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