January 10th, 2021

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Movie Critique - The African Queen

For review of all movies starring Humphrey Bogart, go here.

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A mixture of comedy, adventure and romance, not limiting to the age factor of the characters, making it a wonderful production. 

The African Queen is a 1951 British-American adventure film starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner and Theodore Bikel. Directed by John Huston, and produced by Sam Spiegel with uncredited support by John Woolf. It is adapted from 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester, distributed by United Artists in USA.

Movie is set in 1914. When Samuel Sayer (portrayed by Robert Morley) is killed by the German colonial troops at the beginning of World War I, mechanic of the steam launch African Queen, Charlie Allnut (portrayed by Humphrey Bogart), gives shelter to Rose Sayer (portayed by Katherine Hepburn), Samuel's sister, aboard his ship. Escaping the German troops, they get tangled in a plot of war and treachery. 

First time I had heard of this film was in the 2009 Unhallowed Ground, eighth book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham when I read it in 2018. Graham's characters watch this film in one scene. Finally two years later I got to watch the film.

Screenplay for the film was written by James Agnee and John Huston along with uncredited writing support from John Collier and Peter Viertel. Filmed in technicolor by Jack Cardiff. Production Code mandated several changes in the film that deviate slightly from the book. 

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Movie Critique - Sabrina

For review of all movies starring Humphrey Bogart, go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: It is a charming romantic movie with some beautiful outfits by Hepburn, and comedy popping up at every turn of the plot. 

Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic-comedy drama directed and produced by Billy Wilder. It was released as Sabrina Fair/La Vie en Rose in United Kingdom. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, John Williams, Walter Hampden and Nella Walker in the lead cast among others. 

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