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The African Queen (1951)

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Rose and Charlie at the tiller

After a bumpy trip over some rapids, Charlie assumes Rose will be shaken up enough that she won't want to go on. "Well, miss... how'd you like it? White water... rapids..." Her reaction isn't quite what he expected:

click here"I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!" (a .WAV file)

Early in the filming, director John Huston felt that Hepburn hadn't quite grasped Rose's character -- she was too contemptuous of Charlie -- and asked her to play the part more as a great lady putting on her society smile.  When Hepburn pressed him to be more specific, he suggested she play Rose like Eleanor Roosevelt.  According to both Huston and Hepburn, the advice made all the difference to her performance, and both star and director earned Academy Award nominations for their work.

More Memorable Quotations:

  • Click here"Nature, Mr. Alnutt, is what we are put in this world to rise above." --Rose (a .WAV file).
  • click here"What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, you got ten absurd ideas for my one!" --Charlie (a .WAV file).
  • "By the power vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you husband and wife. Proceed with the execution." --the Captain of the Louisa.
A Classic Moment: when it seems that Charlie and Rose have come to the end of their adventure. Rose and Charlie pull the Queen through the swamplands

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