This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE.
“What an odd fellow. Very generous and thoughtful. Sweet to me. And I found myself being very proud of him… What an odd man. So – how shall I put it – so pure. Like a little kid. Dear Bogie. I’ll never forget that close-up of him after he kisses Rosie, then goes back around in back of the tank and considers what has happened. His expression – the wonder of it all – life.” (Katharine Hepburn, The Making of the African Queen)
“I don’t approve of the John Waynes and the Gary Coopers saying ‘Shucks, I ain’t no actor — I’m just a bridge builder or a gas station attendant.’ If they aren’t actors, what the hell are they getting paid for? I have respect for my profession. I worked hard at it.” (Bogart)
“They’ll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem.” (Bogart commenting on the House Un-American Activities Committee)
“She talks at you as though you were a microphone. She lectured the hell out of me on temperance and the evils of drink. She doesn’t give a damn how she looks. I don’t think she tries to be a character. I think she is one.” (Bogart on Katharine Hepburn)
“You could argue with her, but she was tough. When Jack [cinematographer Jack Cardiff] saw her striding into the jungle alone one morning, he thought, ‘God help the jungle.'” (Bogart on working with Hepburn on THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951))
“The only honest way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win. Of course, you’d get some pretty funny Hamlets that way.” (Bogart)
“That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It’s good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of ’em.” (Bogart on his favorite sport)
Humphrey Bogart Must-See Movie: THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
When her brother’s mission is burned down by the Germans, Rosie (Katharine Hepburn) must depend on the gin-swilling captain of the African Queen (Humphrey Bogart) to get out of danger and to use homemade torpedoes to sink a German boat.
“Well I ain’t sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!”
“What a time we had Rosie, what a time we had.”
Humphrey Bogart Might-See Movie: CASABLANCA (1942)
Rick (Bogart) runs a popular bar and gambling joint in Casablanca, a hub for American ex-pats and European refugees trying to escape war-torn Europe. When the love of his life (Ingrid Bergman) walks in with her hero husband, Rick must determine where his loyalties lie.
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”