The African Queen – Ashley’s Take!

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(From the Bogie Film Blog – I’m dropping you mid-post into Ashley’s blog today for just a taste of what her film knowledge can bring you! As I’ve never seen It Happened One Night, here is yet another reason why I needed a new voice around! Add it to the Netflix queue!)

Well, hello Bogie, in glorious technicolor!

I had forgotten since my last viewing that The African Queen was shot in technicolor, so seeing that was a nice surprise, although black-and-white Bogie is just as fun, if not more so. There seemed to be a nice homage to the famous Frank Capra film of 1934, It Happened One Night. The great scene in which they take a bath in separate sections of the water leading to the two returning to the boat with Rose insisting that Charlie looks away while she enters the boat. When she is dressing and preparing for bed, Rose puts up a sheet reminiscent of Claudette Colbert creating the divide in the bedroom between she and Clark Gable shared in It Happened One Night. Whether or not this was intentional, it appears as a fun homage. Hepburn and Bogart shared amazing chemistry. As their relationship deepened, it was fun to see the effects they had on each other as their personalities changed. During the scene in which they discover that Charlie’s body is covered in leeches, it is clear that the two have developed profound feelings towards each other and they do not merely tolerate each other like they once did, but that they feel deeply towards each other.

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You can read Ashley’s post in its entirety at Ashley’s film blog here. And don’t forget to check her out on twitter here, and her Letterboxd site here!

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The Desperate Hours – Ashley’s Take!

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Ashley’s Lowdown

I believe the year was 2012 when I first started my trek through Humphrey Bogart’s work. Due to my compulsion to view every cinematic interest in chronological order, I rarely get to completely finish the filmography journeys I start. I miss more late entries on actor’s filmographies than I would like. The Desperate Hours was one of those late roles I sadly missed, so I was more than excited about finally seeing this film.

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The Desperate Hours was the second to last film Bogie made, in 1955. Directed by William Wyler, the story follows a group of convicts who take over a suburban family’s home, holding the Hillard family hostage while they made a plan to escape police. I am also a fan of Fredric March, so his presence in this film made me all the more excited to finally see it. The Desperate Hours also takes place largely in one setting which is my favorite film sub-genre, so it is really perplexing that this film has eluded me for years. Anyway, it was finally time to see Bogie, March, and company in Wyler’s The Desperate Hours.

(Continue reading on Ashley’s blog here!)

After you’re done reading Ashley’s take, don’t forget to check her out on Twitter here and her movie diary at her Letterboxd site here!

Thanks, Ashley, for your help this month for the Bogie-A-Day Blogathon! You can read my original post on The Desperate Hours here!

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