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Free Afternoon Movie

Free Afternoon Movie

Tuesday, May 7
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary J. Benson Branch


May 7   The African Queen (1952) 1 hr 45 min.

In September 1914, news reaches German Eastern Africa that Germany is at war, making Reverend Samuel Sayer a hostile foreigner. German troops burn down his mission, and he’s beaten and dies of fever. His snobbish sister Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) buries him and leaves by the only available transport, the dilapidated river steamboat African Queen, skippered by grumpy Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart). As if a long difficult journey without any comforts wasn’t bad enough, she’s determined to avenge her brother by sinking a huge nearby German warship…somehow.

Bogart won his only Oscar (for Best Actor) for his performance, making him the last man born in the 19th century to ever win a leading role Oscar. The African Queen sank and had to be raised twice during filming; Lauren Bacall said, "The natives had been told to watch it and they did. They watched it sink."