Friday, February 15, 2008

31 Days of Oscar: The African Queen

Tomorrow is Katharine Hepburn day on Turner Classic Movies' "31 Days of Oscar", which is fitting considering she is the all-time acting champ, winning four of them. She also still holds the record for the most nominated in the leading categories (sure, that upstart Meryl Streep has more total with 14, but three of those are for Supporting Actress).

Two of the Great Kate's winning performances, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond, will air, along with her nominated work in Woman of the Year and The Rainmaker, but I chose to highlight another of her Academy anointed performances: the icy missionary Rose Sayer, who gets thawed by the charms of a rum-soaked Humphrey Bogart, in The African Queen, still shockingly unavailable on DVD. Bogie won, of course, and the film also netted two nominations for writer/director John Huston.

The African Queen airs tomorrow on TCM at 3:45 PM EST.

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