History Film / TheAfricanQueen

4th Apr '17 12:25:58 PM jbenant
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* PluckyGirl: Rose is a little more refined than most examples, but her spirit and determination to sink the U-boat definitely puts her in there.

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* PluckyGirl: Rose is a little more refined than most examples, but her spirit and determination to sink the U-boat gunboat definitely puts her in there.
22nd Feb '17 5:12:20 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationalBadass: In the movie version, Rose and Charlie actually succeed in sinking the "Louisa". In the novel they don't, the ship has to be sunk by a couple of more modern British gunboats transported overland piece by piece and then reassembled to be launched in the East African lake.
* AdaptationalNationality: Charlie is a patriotic working-class Englishman in the original novel. Bogart couldn't do the English accent, so the character was made Canadian. His patriotism still applies to UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, which sort of works.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The Captain of the "Louisa" condemning Charlie and Rose to hang. In the novel he rejects that notion as uncivilized and hands them over to the British under a flag of truce.
** According to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as accepted at the time, civilians who attack soldiers were supposed to be executed, just like spies.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Rose can never look like someone who is eaten alive by tropical insects. [[FridgeLogic She's Katherine Hepburn.]]
** Still mostly subverted, Bogie and Hepburn look sweaty and weather-beaten the entire film, even if they do retain their natural charisma. Even Hepburn's nice English clothes look she's been wearing them her entire ten years as a missionary.
* BilingualBonus: Bring your German vocabulary flash cards.
* CharacterDevelopment: Rose learns to let go of her social inhibitions.
** It is safe to assume that Charlie introduced her to further 'stimulating physical experiences' seeing how badly they want to get married at the end.

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* AdaptationExpansion: [[spoiler: The end of the novel says that Rose and Charlie will try to find someone to marry them. In the film they actually are married on the deck of the German ship]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In the movie version, Rose and Charlie actually [[spoiler: succeed in sinking the "Louisa". "Louisa"]]. In the novel they don't, the [[spoiler: ship has to be sunk by a couple of more modern British gunboats transported overland piece by piece and then reassembled to be launched in the East African lake.
lake]].
* AdaptationalNationality: Charlie is a patriotic working-class Englishman in the original novel. Humphrey Bogart couldn't do the English accent, so the character was made Canadian. His patriotism still applies to UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, which sort of works.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: The Captain of the "Louisa" condemning Charlie and Rose to hang. In the novel he rejects that notion as uncivilized and hands them over to the British under a flag of truce.
** According to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as accepted at the time, civilians who attack soldiers were supposed to be executed, just like spies.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Rose can never look like someone who is eaten alive by tropical insects. [[FridgeLogic She's Katherine Hepburn.
truce.]]
** Still mostly subverted, Bogie * BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted for the most part. Rose and Hepburn Charlie certainly look sweaty and weather-beaten like two people who have lived in Africa for a while - Charlie especially is very sun-tanned while Rose's complexion is explained by the entire film, even if they do retain their natural charisma. Even Hepburn's nice English hats she wears. Her clothes at least look as though she's been wearing had them her entire ten years as for a missionary.
while and they do rip after a while. Charlie seems to hang a lampshade on them not looking worse - by Rose being a Determinator who works hard to make an effort.
* BilingualBonus: Bring your BigDamnKiss: Rose and Charlie kiss after surviving being shot at by German vocabulary flash cards.
sentries.
* CharacterDevelopment: CharacterDevelopment:
**
Rose learns to let go of her social inhibitions.
inhibitions and get down and dirty for the sake of their goal.
** It is safe to assume that Charlie introduced her likewise becomes more optimistic and less lazy.
* CosyCatastrophe: Charlie remarks early on that The African Queen has enough supplies for them
to further 'stimulating physical experiences' seeing how badly wait out the war on a quiet part of the island. Even when they're going down the river, they're never short of food or opportunities to wash.
* TheDeterminator: Rose really will stop at nothing to make sure
they want to get married at the end.to their goal.



* DeusExMachina: When the ''African Queen'' is stuck and lost in a marsh, Rose prays for help. When she and Allnut go to sleep that night, a sudden rain-storm washes them into the lake where they were headed to.
* DryCrusader: Rose really doesn't like people drinking alcohol and demonstrates it by dumping out Allnut's gin.

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* DeusExMachina: When the ''African Queen'' is stuck and lost in a marsh, Rose prays for help. When she and Allnut Charlie go to sleep that night, a sudden rain-storm washes them into the lake where they were headed to.
* DryCrusader: Rose really doesn't like people drinking alcohol and demonstrates it by dumping out Allnut's Charlie's gin.



* KickTheDog: The German army burning down a native village in act one. Not an example of MoralEventHorizon in that it is implied the villagers survived and were captured, not slaughtered.
* LastRequest: Allnut and Rose get one before the Germans are about to hang them. Allnut uses it to ask the captain to marry them.
* MacGyvering: Allnut manages to repair his damaged boat using a makeshift bellows and anvil, and uses some cannisters, blasting powder and bullets to create some makeshift ramming explosives.

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* ImportantHaircut: Charlie shaving off his stubble coincides with him taking the mission seriously from now on.
* KickTheDog: The German army burning down a native village in act one. Not an example of MoralEventHorizon in that it is At least it's implied that the villagers survived and were captured, not slaughtered.
only [[PetTheDog captured rather than killed]].
* LastRequest: Allnut [[spoiler: Charlie and Rose get one before the Germans are about to hang them. Allnut Charlie uses it to ask the captain to marry them.
them.]]
* MacGyvering: Allnut Charlie manages to repair his damaged boat using a makeshift bellows and anvil, and uses some cannisters, blasting powder and bullets to create some makeshift ramming explosives.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Rose is actually ''supposed'' to be a Briton (the sister of ''very'' British Robert Morley); for most Americans, at least, Hepburn's Bryn Mawr educated tones are a reasonable approximation. (Allnut is ''somewhat'' justified in the film [though not in the original novel] as a Canadian.)
** [[NotSoDifferent To North American ears]], he does not sound the least bit Canadian.
** In novel and original script Allnut was meant to be Cockney. Huston cast Bogart and changed his nationality because he knew Bogart wasn't going to pull off that accent.
* OppositesAttract
** And the related AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
* TheQuest
* UptightLovesWild
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was based on the real-life sinking of a German gunboat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that required hauling a boat through the wilderness. No, it was not done by a beautiful movie star and a plucky mechanic. It was done by the Royal Navy.
** In turn, Creator/ClintEastwood made a thinly veiled depiction of this film's production in ''White Hunter Black Heart''.
* WartimeWedding: Rose and Charlie.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
**
Rose is actually ''supposed'' to be a Briton (the sister of ''very'' British Robert Morley); for most Americans, at least, Hepburn's Bryn Mawr educated tones are a reasonable approximation. (Allnut Morley). Katharine Hepburn uses her own natural accent - which is ''somewhat'' justified actually a Mid-Atlantic one that actors in America were trained in on the stage back in the film [though not in day (essentially the original novel] as a Canadian.)
** [[NotSoDifferent To North
American ears]], he does not sound equivalent to the least bit Canadian.
British RP). It however sounds decently English to American ears.
** In novel As noted above, Humphrey Bogart couldn't do the cockney accent that Charlie was written with. So he becomes a Canadian instead.
* OppositesAttract: Charlie is a slobby Canadian engineer, while Rose is a prim
and original script Allnut proper missionary. They hit it off almost immediately.
* ThePollyanna: Rose is this merged with StiffUpperLip. Katharine Hepburn
was meant to be Cockney. told by John Huston cast Bogart to play her like Eleanor Roosevelt, with her "society smile" at all times. She called this the best direction she ever received.
* PluckyGirl: Rose is a little more refined than most examples, but her spirit
and changed his nationality because determination to sink the U-boat definitely puts her in there.
* TheQuest: To sink the Louisa via a homemade torpedo.
* ShirtlessScene: Charlie gets one when
he knew Bogart wasn't going has to pull [[FanDisservice leeches off that accent.himself]].
* SkewedPriorities: Subverted. Rose is initially horrified at Charlie coming into her sleeping quarters and orders him out. Then she realises how hard it's raining and tells him he can come back in.

* OppositesAttract
** And
SlipknotPonytail: Rose's hair finally comes out of its updo in the related AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
third act.
* TheQuest
SpiritedYoungLady: As with many Katharine Hepburn characters, Rose is very spirited and determined.
* UptightLovesWild
UptightLovesWild: Rose in this case is the uptight that loves Charlie's wild.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was based on the real-life sinking of a German gunboat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that required hauling a boat through the wilderness. No, it was not done by a beautiful movie star and a plucky mechanic. It was done by the Royal Navy.
**
Navy. In turn, Creator/ClintEastwood made a thinly veiled depiction of this film's production in ''White Hunter Black Heart''.
* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler: Rose and Charlie.Charlie's wedding on the deck of the German ship]].
1st Feb '17 5:58:30 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalNationality: Charlie is a patriotic working-class Englishman in the original novel. Bogart couldn't do the English accent, so the character was made Canadian. His patriotism still applies to TheBritishEmpire, which sort of works.

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* AdaptationalNationality: Charlie is a patriotic working-class Englishman in the original novel. Bogart couldn't do the English accent, so the character was made Canadian. His patriotism still applies to TheBritishEmpire, UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, which sort of works.
8th Jan '17 11:44:04 PM JackG
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** According to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as accepted at the time, civilians who attack soldiers were supposed to be executed, just like spies.



* NonNudeBathing: Rose and Charlie go bathing on opposite sides of the boat, for the sake of decency. Then Rose can't climb back in on her own; there are several {{Fanservice}}-y shots of her stretching her legs out to try, with no visible clothing. Finally she asks for Charlie's help, but insists that he avert his eyes... and when he pulls her up onto the boat, it turns out she was wearing a short shift the entire time, and just has the nudity taboos appropriate to the post-Victorian missionary that she is.
* MacGyvering: Allnut manages to repair his damaged boat using a makeshift bellows and anvil, and uses some cannisters, blasting powder and bullets to create some makeshift ramming explosives.



** According to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as accepted at the time, civilians who attack soldiers were supposed to be executed, just like spies.

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** According * MacGyvering: Allnut manages to TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar as accepted at the time, civilians who attack soldiers were supposed repair his damaged boat using a makeshift bellows and anvil, and uses some cannisters, blasting powder and bullets to be executed, just like spies. create some makeshift ramming explosives.


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* NonNudeBathing: Rose and Charlie go bathing on opposite sides of the boat, for the sake of decency. Then Rose can't climb back in on her own; there are several {{Fanservice}}-y shots of her stretching her legs out to try, with no visible clothing. Finally she asks for Charlie's help, but insists that he avert his eyes... and when he pulls her up onto the boat, it turns out she was wearing a short shift the entire time, and just has the nudity taboos appropriate to the post-Victorian missionary that she is.
19th Nov '16 4:03:34 AM TomWalpertac2
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The TroubledProduction film made such an impression on Hepburn she later wrote a book about it, entitled ''The Making of'' The African Queen: ''or How I Went To Africa With Bogie, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind''. Screenwriter Peter Viertel also wrote a novel about the shoot that was later adapted by Creator/ClintEastwood as ''White Hunter Black Heart'' starring Eastwood as John Wilson (a Huston {{Expy}}). This film is notable for how damn long it took to come out on DVD despite widespread interest: it came only out in 2010, at least in the US. (An earlier British DVD was taken from a faded print. Later DVD and Blu-Ray releases are fully remastered.)

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The TroubledProduction film made such an impression on Hepburn she later wrote a book about it, entitled ''The Making of'' The African Queen: ''or How I Went To Africa With Bogie, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind''. Screenwriter Peter Viertel also wrote a novel about the shoot that was later adapted by Creator/ClintEastwood as ''White Hunter Black Heart'' starring Eastwood as John Wilson (a Huston {{Expy}}). This film is notable for how damn long it took to come out on DVD despite widespread interest: it only came only out in 2010, at least in the US. (An earlier British DVD was taken from a faded print. Later DVD and Blu-Ray releases are fully remastered.)
14th Nov '16 10:42:44 AM Micah
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* NonNudeBathing: Rose and Charlie go bathing on opposite sides of the boat, for the sake of decency. Then Rose can't climb back in on her own; there are several {{Fanservice}}-y shots of her stretching her legs out to try, with no visible clothing. Finally she asks for Charlie's help, but insists that he avert his eyes... and when he pulls her up onto the boat, it turns out she was wearing a short shift the entire time, and just has the nudity taboos appropriate to the post-Victorian missionary that she is.
12th Nov '16 10:06:59 AM AHI-3000
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Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, a missionary's sister living in British Colonial Africa at the start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Bogart is Charlie Allnut, the hard-drinking man with a riverboat who, among other things, brings the mail from town every few weeks. When Rose's brother dies, he offers to take her to the nearest town to catch a ship to Britain. Being gutsy as she is, Rose instead creates a daring plan to build a makeshift torpedo, sail ''down'' the river (which no one has ever done) and take out the ''Königin Luise'', a ship patrolling the German-controlled lake that is the only thing standing in the way of the British army. This being a film with a man and a woman as its primary stars in the [[TheFifties 1950s]], naturally, [[UptightLovesWild they fall in love]].

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Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, a missionary's sister living in British Colonial German East Africa at the start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Bogart is Charlie Allnut, the hard-drinking man with a riverboat who, among other things, brings the mail from town every few weeks. When Rose's brother dies, he offers to take her to the nearest town to catch a ship to Britain. Being gutsy as she is, Rose instead creates a daring plan to build a makeshift torpedo, sail ''down'' the river (which no one has ever done) and take out the ''Königin Luise'', a ship patrolling the German-controlled lake that is the only thing standing in the way of the British army. This being a film with a man and a woman as its primary stars in the [[TheFifties 1950s]], naturally, [[UptightLovesWild they fall in love]].
9th Nov '16 10:29:52 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DuelingStarsMovie
9th Nov '16 10:29:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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''The African Queen'' is a 1951 romance/adventure film directed by John Huston, based on the 1935 novel by C.S. Forester, and starring Creator/KatharineHepburn and Creator/HumphreyBogart.

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''The African Queen'' is a 1951 romance/adventure film directed by John Huston, Creator/JohnHuston, based on the 1935 novel by C.S. Forester, and starring Creator/KatharineHepburn and Creator/HumphreyBogart.
20th Sep '16 8:52:36 AM Morgenthaler
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Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, a missionary's sister living in British Colonial Africa at the start of WorldWarI. Bogart is Charlie Allnut, the hard-drinking man with a riverboat who, among other things, brings the mail from town every few weeks. When Rose's brother dies, he offers to take her to the nearest town to catch a ship to Britain. Being gutsy as she is, Rose instead creates a daring plan to build a makeshift torpedo, sail ''down'' the river (which no one has ever done) and take out the ''Königin Luise'', a ship patrolling the German-controlled lake that is the only thing standing in the way of the British army. This being a film with a man and a woman as its primary stars in the [[TheFifties 1950s]], naturally, [[UptightLovesWild they fall in love]].

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Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, a missionary's sister living in British Colonial Africa at the start of WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Bogart is Charlie Allnut, the hard-drinking man with a riverboat who, among other things, brings the mail from town every few weeks. When Rose's brother dies, he offers to take her to the nearest town to catch a ship to Britain. Being gutsy as she is, Rose instead creates a daring plan to build a makeshift torpedo, sail ''down'' the river (which no one has ever done) and take out the ''Königin Luise'', a ship patrolling the German-controlled lake that is the only thing standing in the way of the British army. This being a film with a man and a woman as its primary stars in the [[TheFifties 1950s]], naturally, [[UptightLovesWild they fall in love]].



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was based on the real-life sinking of a German gunboat in WorldWarI that required hauling a boat through the wilderness. No, it was not done by a beautiful movie star and a plucky mechanic. It was done by the Royal Navy.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was based on the real-life sinking of a German gunboat in WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that required hauling a boat through the wilderness. No, it was not done by a beautiful movie star and a plucky mechanic. It was done by the Royal Navy.
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