Wednesday, February 25, 2009

'African Queen' Airs Thursday

If you are a fan of Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and classic movies, Turner Classic Movies has a treat for you this Thursday at 8 p.m. (Eastern).

"The African Queen," director John Huston's classic from 1951, will be shown uninterrupted. Bogart won the Oscar for Best Actor. Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress. Huston was nominated for Best Director and shared a nomination for Best Screenplay with James Agee.

I don't know if it was Bogart's greatest performance, but it was the only Oscar he ever won. He was nominated for Best Actor two other times in his career (for "Casablanca" and "The Caine Mutiny") but lost both times.

And I can't say whether it was Hepburn's greatest performance. She was nominated for Best Actress a dozen times in her illustrious career and won it on four occasions.

As for Huston, he received 15 Oscar nominations in his career for his work both behind and in front of the camera, and he was the oldest person ever nominated for Best Director (when he was 79, he was nominated for directing "Prizzi's Honor"). So it's hard to say if his work on "The African Queen" was the best thing he ever did.

But there is no doubt that the three of them made movie magic with "The African Queen."

If you've never seen it, you need to see it at least once.

And, if you have seen it before, there is no reason not to see it again!