- Leslie Howard - Very good acting. Perfect for the role of Alan Squier, Bette Davis' lover.
- Bette Davis - Very blonde. I have seen better from her but she definitely portrayed Gabrielle well.
- Humphrey Bogart - Great as usual, in typical gangster form.
- General thoughts - The script came from a play, and it seems that it hasn't been changed a great deal, leaving the pace of the film at a very slow speed. The sets were very plain and seemed to make no effort to hide their painted look, however this worked well for the film as it was very like a filmed play.
The African Queen
Directed by John Huston, son of Walter Huston, father of Anjelica Huston. All Hollywood stars.
Rose Sayer and Rev. Samuel Sayer are a brother and sister pair working in Africa as missionaries, but when the Germans suddenly invade Africa at the start of WWI, their lives are changed forever. One day, sailor Charlie Allnut comes in to give them their mail and after he leaves the German troups come in and destroy the village they live in. Samuel catches what seems to be Malaria and dies whithin hours. Left all alone, Rose meets Charlie again and he offers to take her on his boat, "The African Queen" and look for a safe place to hide during the war. She takes him up on his offer and they sail down the river quite peacefully until Rose has the idea to build torpedoes and ram them into the German steam ship, "The Louisa". Allnut initially refuses to take part in such a daring adventure, but is soon swayed by Rose's enthusiasm.
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They manage to get to "The Louisa" but their boat sinks before they can get to the ship. They are both sentanced to death, but just before their hanging they ask to be married by the Captain. As they are about to be hung, they run over "The African Queen" which still has the torpedoes attatched to it, and the ship blows up, fortunately leaving Rose and Charlie unharmed.
This is a great film with some wonderful comedy moments, including Humphrey Bogart mimicking monkeys.