TCM is finally going to show this movie in January and February! I did a search for KH movies on their site yesterday and there it was - imagine how thrilled I was. It has been two months since I first started this thread and I still haven't seen The African Queen all the way through; it's kind of embarrassing to admit that I haven't seen one of the most major films from Katharine's career...it's almost like saying you've never seen The Philadelphia Story!
"Life is hard. After all, it kills you."--Katharine Hepburn
Well, you're among friends here, Shaun, so tempting as it may be, we won't embarrass you! :-)
Ah. The African Queen. I've always loved this movie for so many, many reasons but chiefly because it is such a great (and rare) example of a man and woman on equal ground.
Rosie and Charlie are in it TOGETHER. One won't make it without the other and they stand toe to toe together in their fight for survival and in their crazy, heroic and ultimately lovable effort to thwart the bad guys, she at the tiller and he as their guide.
And they are both masterful in the movie.Take a look at Bogart's face toward the end, when they are being questioned. They don't believe the two of them could have done what they claim and she, indignant and beautiful basically tells them they are all asses and goads Charlie into elaborating their plan. Take a look at Bogart's face. It's priceless.
And take a look at the look that passes between them, when they both realize that the only way for them to get out of the mire is for him to get back in the leech-infested waters.
Or her face trying to avoid paying any attention to the ruckus that is going on in his stomach as they have tea. Or the sadness, fear and grief it expresses sitting on the porch after her brother dies.
Okay. I'll stop now. He most definitely deserved his Oscar for this. And she shoudda taken home the little gold guy, too.
When I saw The African Queen for the first time all i could think was wow! So good. I couldn't get enough and ended up returning it late. The only reason I saw it was for that famous line "I never dreamed any mere physical experience could have been so stimulating" and of course, Katharine. but now I love it for everthing.
"I was never a member of the feminine club. I never knew what the other girls were talking about"
Add me to the list of those who think Kate should have an Oscar for her playing of Rosie Sayer. One of her finest scenes in the film occurs when they are trapped in the reeds and and they think all is lost, he is ill and she is trying to comfort him and she prays and ultimately lies down on the deck certain that they are going to die and then Huston pulls back the camera and reveals that they are achingly close to the the open river. Kate is heartbreakingly terrific in that scene and in every other scene in the film. Great movie. Hopefully, when we ever do see it on DVD, it will include an Extra consisting of an interview with Lauren Bacall so that she can relate to us the experience of going to Africa with Hepburn, Bogart and Huston and watching them make a classic film. Plus she was such a good friend of Kate's and has written about her so movingly, it would be a wonderful treat to hear her talk about Kate and their adventures on the set of this film.
As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move!
Judy: All has changed on the Proboard....Not sure my reply got posted. Anyway, thanks for the notice, Evelien. I'm unable to access it. I can watch the clip of the woman flipping through the Kate books and talking about fashion - one of which is Rebel Chic :-)
Feb 4, 2014 20:29:21 GMT -5
dreamer: Ok peeps have tried to figure this new board - with not much success In order to login - click at the upper right corner - use your name from the board and your password and it should be all right. If not - please let me know and I will try to help!
Jul 29, 2014 7:30:03 GMT -5
Judy: I can enter. But not sure how to post now....Although I have nothing exciting to say, except hello to everyone!
Jul 29, 2014 20:34:38 GMT -5
Sherry: Hello in return.
Jul 31, 2014 10:40:25 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Awww, hiiii!! I'm randomly here in hope of sourcing a quote of Kate's about Joel Mccrea-- coming up short, though. Ah well, hope everyone is well!! FINALLY A RED AND WHITE BANNER. TOOK 8 YEARS, BUT... WE MADE IT.
Aug 5, 2014 20:43:01 GMT -5
Tracy Lord: Just wanted to say a big HEY to everyone! I would love it if this board was active like it once was. I've missed it!
Aug 6, 2014 17:23:36 GMT -5
evelien: Hi everyone, hope you're all fine. I'm still alive and kicking and still as big a KH fan.
Aug 12, 2014 12:09:24 GMT -5
evelien: Judy: to reply to an existing thread, you can post a message in the 'quick reply' box under the last post on the page. To create a new thread: click on the folder you wish to post a new thread in and on the top right side you can choose 'New thread'.
Aug 12, 2014 12:11:39 GMT -5
CFK: So we all heard about Betty Bacall, I guess? Pretty rotten news, especially following so closely on Robin Williams. What a lousy week. Watched To Have and Have Not as tribute tonight.
Aug 13, 2014 0:25:58 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Oh my God. Betty. My heart's in my throat.
Aug 13, 2014 5:45:59 GMT -5
lomola : hello fellow KH fans Just stumbled upon this interesting board.. Does anyone have any video interviews with KH?? Or maybe transcripts of them? I´ve been especially looking for the full version of the famous Cavett one forever and ever...
Sept 15, 2014 16:06:41 GMT -5
lomola : the bits of it i found on youtube were just amazing..
Sept 15, 2014 16:07:35 GMT -5
Laura: Is there anybody here? My registration has been pending approval forever... Maybe this board has been abandonned by the owner..
Dec 15, 2014 3:40:49 GMT -5
Fran: I think the problem with actresses such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford was that they played SEX SYMBOLS and did woman movies. They were sexy in their day and were the main love interests in the movie. When they got older those woman type movies were dead
Jun 26, 2017 16:56:41 GMT -5
Fran: Bette Davis made very different movies from Katherine Hepburn Hepburn. Bette was sexy. So was Crawford. They made woman type movies. Hepburn was the masculine feminist. When their looks went, so did their careers. Hepburn was never that type.
Jun 26, 2017 16:57:53 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I like Bette Davis best she was "a woman for all season" she didn't mince words she did the role without having to apologize for creativity she musters to do the work. Also, she could look different without worrying about her appearance.
Mar 14, 2019 19:54:07 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I felt Bette Davis was the "woman for all seasons" since she used all her creativity to make her artwork. As for Katherine she seems to sound the same - her voice didn't change. Granted she was good in Shakespeare which I give credit.
Mar 14, 2019 19:56:35 GMT -5
SJS: Bette had a mostly latent tendency to ham, and she admitted it. She really appreciated a director who could get her to tone it down. She lost respect for a director who would let her get away with it. But she took chances that most actresses wouldn't.
Apr 15, 2020 14:12:32 GMT -5