The African Queen
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you the Lux Radio Theater starring Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson in "The
African Queen." Ladies and gentlemen, your producer, Mr. Irving Cummings!
APPLAUSE - MUSIC OUT
IRVING CUMMINGS: Greetings from Hollywood, ladies and gentlemen. When the
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor was presented last March, a
star who had built his reputation with great performances of gangster parts
was among those nominated. And Humphrey Bogart won that award with great
acclaim in the unusual role of the intemperate skipper of the African Queen.
And, as his co-star of this John Huston production, we have beautiful Greer
Garson, another Academy Award winner. Tonight, Miss Garson will vary her
popular role of the charming wife to play a strait-laced spinster. Naturally,
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starring Greer Garson as Rose and Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut.
IRVING CUMMINGS: The year is 1914. German East Africa ... where Rose Sayre
and her brother Samuel spread [the] gospel of God. For more than a year, the
missionaries have seen only one white man, Mr. Allnut, pilot of the African
Queen, a filthy, dilapidated launch that gasps her way up and down the river.
ROSE: Uh, do have some more tea, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Uh, thanks, Miss. I-I don't mind if I do.
ALLNUT (laughs): Ah, just listen to this stomach o' mine. I mean, the way it
keeps growling and squealing -- the way it sounds, you'd think I had a hyena
inside o' me.
REVEREND: Uh, you, er, you do take sugar?
ALLNUT (laughs): Queer thing, ain't it? Now, what do you suppose makes a
man's stomach carry on like this?
ROSE: You, uh, you're planning to stay overnight, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Oh, no, Miss, I - I gotta get up river and back to the mine. Oh, I
almost forgot to tell ya, I prob'ly won't be comin' around this way for a
couple o' months.
REVEREND: But, uh, w-w-what about our mail?
ALLNUT: Oh, don't look like there's gonna be any mail for a while on account
o' the war.
ROSE: War? What war? Where?
ALLNUT: Europe, Miss. Germany and England.
REVEREND: England? You really mean war?
ALLNUT (chuckles): Yeah, that's what they tell me, Reverend.
REVEREND: But what do you know about it? What's happened?
ALLNUT: Oh, now, let's see, uh... Oh, yes, French are in it, too, and all
them, uh, all them little countries, Austria, Hungary, Belgium -- I forget
who's with who, though.
ROSE: Oh, Brother...
REVEREND: Yes, Rose. I know.
ROSE: This is German East Africa. We're-we're enemy aliens.
ALLNUT (laughs): Now, what harm could anybody do the Germans in this God-
ROSE: God has not forsaken this place, Mr. Allnut -- as my brother's presence
here will bear witness.
ALLNUT: Oh, no offense, Miss. Well, I'll be gettin' aboard the Queen and
shovin' off. (fading) Thanks for the tea, Miss.
ROSE: Good-bye, Mr. Allnut.
REVEREND: Good-bye and ... thank you.
ROSE: Oh, that - that wretched little man with his foul cigar!
REVEREND: And his indifference about the war! He's Canadian. Doesn't he
realize he's in this, too?
ROSE: Shouldn't we try to get to Limbasi, I mean, while we can?
MUSIC IN QUIETLY
REVEREND: The shepherd does not forsake his flock when the wolves are
prowling. We shall stay here, Rose.
ROSE: Yes, Brother. Yes, of course.
REVEREND: Come, dear, come. We shall pray.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
JUNGLE ANIMAL NOISES
ALLNUT: Miss?! It's me, Miss! I come back a lot sooner than I said! (pause)
Oh. So the Germans have been here, too, eh?
ROSE: Yes. They've - they've been here, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: When I got to the mines at Limbasi, everything was a shamble.
Deserted. Burnt to the ground, just like the village here. Uh, Reverend
ROSE: My brother ... is ... dead.
ALLNUT: Ohh. Oh, well, now, now, ain't that awful? If them Germans'd shoot a
Reverend, there ain't nobody safe.
ROSE: They were here three days ago. They didn't shoot him. They - they
struck him and his heart was - was bad and-- (sobs)
ALLNUT: Aw, well, that's - now that's certainly too bad, Miss. That's all I
can say. I tell ya what, Miss. You get your things together, we'll get aboard
the Queen and clear out. Them Germans are sure to come back.
ROSE: But why? Why should they come back?
ALLNUT: Why, they'll be looking for the boat, Miss, for the African Queen.
She's not much but they'd give a lot to get their hands on her, you bet. And
what's aboard her, too. Blastin' gelatin, tin grub, cylinders of oxygen and
hydrogen, heaps o' things I was bringin' to the mine.
ROSE: But where could we go?
ALLNUT: Why, out there on the river, Miss. Get behind an island where it's
quiet and safe. We can talk about what to do then.
ROSE: I'll get ready.
ALLNUT: That's the ticket, Miss, you bet. You come with me.
BOAT ENGINE COMES TO A STOP - ANCHOR DROPPED INTO WATER
ALLNUT: Well, Miss, so far, so good. Here we are, safe and sound, as ya might
say. A nice shady spot in a nice lonesome spot. The question is: what next?
ROSE: Quite, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: We got heaps o' grub aboard, two thousand cigarettes, and two cases
ALLNUT: Why, we could sit out the war here if we wanted to. All the comforts
of home, Miss, includin' runnin' water. Ha ha ha!
ROSE: Mr. Allnut! We simply cannot remain off a backwater island until the
war is over.
ALLNUT: Oh, can't we now, Miss? Well, you've got the map there. Show me a way
out and I'll take it.
ROSE: The British will certainly launch an attack. Now, uh, the only question
is, which way will they come?
ALLNUT: Uh, well, from the sea, maybe. Up the railway to Limbasi. That'll put
all them Germans between them and us.
ROSE: Might not our troops come up from the Congo?
ALLNUT: Miss... Miss, look, you see this lake on the map?
ALLNUT: That's a hundred miles o' lake. And there ain't nothin' gonna cross
it while the Louisa is there.
ROSE: The Louisa?
ALLNUT: She's a hundred ton steamer, Miss, and German. She's boss of the lake
'cause she's got six pounders, the biggest guns in Central Africa.
ALLNUT: Ah, we're in a bit of a fix, Miss, whichever way you look at it.
ROSE: This river runs into that lake, does it not?
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss. Yes, it does. But if you got any ideas of gettin' there in
this launch, you'd better get rid of 'em.
ALLNUT: Well, you look at the map, Miss. This here is Shona. The Germans have
a fort at Shona. They'd blow us right out of the water and, before that,
there's the rapids. Twenty miles of water that's like it was comin' out of a
ROSE: But it has been done.
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss, in a canoe, a fellow named Spengler, he almost--
ROSE: Mr. Allnut! Uh, what did you say was in those wooden boxes?
ALLNUT: Them? Them's blastin' gelatin, Miss.
ROSE: Is it dangerous?
ALLNUT: Ha ha ha! Bless you, no. That's safety stuff. Takes a detonator to
set it off.
ROSE: And what are those long, torpedo-like things?
ALLNUT: More stuff for the mine. Them's, uh, oxygen and hydrogen cylinders,
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, uh, you're a machinist, aren't you?
ALLNUT: Um, kind of a fixer, Miss. Jack of all trades, like they say.
ROSE: Could you make a torpedo?
ALLNUT (beat): How's that, Miss?
ROSE: Could you make a torpedo?
ALLNUT: A torpedo? Ask me to make a dreadnought and do it up right, Miss -- a
torpedo! Ha ha! You - you really don't know what you're asking. Why, there
just ain't nothin' so complicated as the inside of a torpedo. It's got
gyroscopes and compressed air chambers and--
ROSE: Oh, but they're only to make it go, aren't they? Well, we've got the
ALLNUT: How's that, Miss?
ROSE: ...and if we were to, uh, to fill those cylinders with that blasting
gelatin and then, uh, then fix them so that they'd stick out over the end of
this boat and then, uh, then if we were to run this boat against the side of
the ship, well, uh, well, it'd go off, just like a torpedo would, wouldn't
ALLNUT: Yeah. Yeah, that's right, Miss.
ROSE: Well, then we could, uh, we could point the launch towards the ship and
just before she hit, we could dive off, couldn't we?
ALLNUT: Sure. Sure, Miss. Absolutely. Only there ain't nothin' to torpedo.
ROSE: Oh, but there is.
ALLNUT: Is what?
ROSE: The Louisa.
ALLNUT: The Louisa?! Oh, now, don't talk silly, Miss. You can't do that.
Honest, you can't. I told you before, we can't get down the river.
ROSE: Spengler did.
ALLNUT: In a canoe.
ROSE: If a German did it, we can do it.
ALLNUT: Not in a launch we can't.
ROSE: Well, how do you know? You've never tried.
ALLNUT: Well, I never tried shootin' myself in the head neither.
ROSE: In other words... in other words, Mr. Allnut, you're refusing to help
your country in her hour of need.
ALLNUT: Uhh... I wouldn't put it that way.
ROSE: Just how would you put it?
ALLNUT: Huh... All right, Miss. Have it your own way. But don't blame me for
ROSE: Very well, then. Let's get started.
ALLNUT: Well, you mean, now?
ALLNUT: But there ain't two hours o' daylight left, Miss.
ROSE: We can go a long way in two hours, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: But the boiler! The fire's gone out, practically. We can't move till
we get the old kettle boiling again.
ROSE: Well, you're well-stocked with firewood. Do so.
LOADS FIRE WOOD
ALLNUT (to himself): Oh ... refusin' to help your country in her hour of
need. (mimics Rose) Could you make a torpedo, Mr. Allnut? Well, do so, Mr.
ROSE: Did you say something, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Me, Miss? I-I didn't say nothin', Miss.
ROSE: Anything wrong, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Eh, it's just this old boiler, Miss. She's leakin' steam. See?
ALLNUT KICKS THE BOILER
ROSE: Uh, why are you kicking the boiler, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Heat pump's full of rust and scum. She gets clogged up.
ROSE: And that's all you have to do? Just kick it?
ALLNUT: Ha ha ha! It's knowin' how to kick her, Miss. She gets peevish now
and then -- ever since I dropped a screwdriver down the safety valve.
ROSE: Uh, what would happen if you didn't kick it?
ALLNUT: The whole boiler'd blow up.
ROSE: Then why don't you dismantle the safety valve and remove the
ALLNUT (chuckles): You know, I'm gonna do that one of these days. The only
reason I haven't up to now is that I kinda like kickin' her. She's all I've
ROSE: Well, uh, she - she seems to be operating quite normally now.
ALLNUT (chuckles): Yeah, like I - like I said, Miss, all she needs is a good
boot. Well, you ready to call it a day? There's kind of a - kind of like a
lagoon up ahead. It's a real nice place when the bugs ain't too bad.
ROSE: I shan't complain, Mr. Allnut. We have much to be thankful for.
ALLNUT: That's a fact, Miss. It's like they say: it ain't never so bad that
it can't be worse.
JUNGLE ANIMAL NOISES
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, do you suppose anyone has seen us?
ALLNUT: Oh, there ain't nobody in these parts, Miss, forgettin' the beasts of
the forest. Kinda - kinda hot, ain't it? I could do with a drink.
ALLNUT: I got an extra cup here, Miss, if you're gonna have one.
ROSE: Oh, no. No, thank you. Uh, what is it?
ALLNUT: Gin, Miss. Gin.
SHE GASPS. HE UNCORKS AND POURS.
ALLNUT: Er, something wrong?
ALLNUT (chuckles): If you're worried about there not bein' enough, why,
there's, uh, two full cases aboard.
ROSE: Oh, no, no, please.
ALLNUT: Well, maybe you'd like a nice cup o' tea?
ROSE: Well, thank you.
ALLNUT: Ha! You get real service on the African Queen. Hey, see this? Hot
water all the time.
ROSE: O-out of the boiler?!
ALLNUT (laughs): It'll taste a little rusty but then we can't have
everything, can we? There y'are, Miss. Just add the tea to suit your taste,
like they say on the box.
ROSE: Thank you.
ALLNUT: Don't mention it. Well, now, you just sit and relax and, after a bit,
I'll start thinkin' about supper. How long you been out here, Miss?
ROSE: In Africa? Oh, almost ten years.
ALLNUT: You ever get homesick?
ROSE: Well, I - I'm afraid I have been homesick -- many times. It's Sunday
afternoons that I think of most. The peace and the quiet of home.
ALLNUT (chuckles): On Sunday afternoons, I was always sleepin' one off.
ROSE: Sleeping one --? (suddenly gets it) Oh.
ROSE: What brought you to Africa, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Ah, the Zambesi Bridge, Miss. A whole boatload of us Canucks came
over to work on it. Don't know yet what they wanted a bridge for but, then,
uh, why did the chicken cross the road?
ROSE: I beg your pardon?
ALLNUT: Uh, nothing, Miss. (chuckles) Yeah, sometimes I wish I was back but
then I remember how I'd have to be takin' orders from somebody while out
here, I--well, I'm my own boss.
ALLNUT: Well, drink your tea, Miss. I'll - I'll go fix ya some grub.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
ALLNUT: Now, what do you think you're doin', Miss?
ROSE: Well, if I may draw some hot water from the boiler, I'll wash these
ALLNUT: Ah, mostly I, er, I just hold them over the side and let the current
do the washing.
ROSE: If you'll forgive me, that's about what I imagined.
ALLNUT: Cleanliness is next to godliness, eh, Miss?
ROSE: Is that so amusing, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT (chuckles): Uh, no, Miss. Uh, you don't see no crocodiles around, do
ROSE: Crocodiles? No.
ALLNUT: Ah, it's too shallow for 'em. Well, I, er, I could do with a bath
'fore I turn in.
ROSE: I - I'd like a bath myself.
ALLNUT: Well, now, you do the dishes back here and I'll go off the bow. So
long as we don't look, it don't matter. Well, how 'bout it, Miss?
ROSE: Well, very well, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: That's the ticket. I won't be a minute (fading) just a slosh or two.
SILENCE TO DENOTE THE PASSING OF TIME
SLOSHING WATER THROUGHOUT THE FOLLOWING:
ROSE: Mr. Allnut! Mr. Allnut!
ALLNUT: Right here, Miss! How's the water?
ROSE: Oh, no, no, no! Stay just where you are! I - oh, dear! - I-I can't get
back into the boat!
ALLNUT: Well, I'll give ya hand, then.
ROSE: Oh, I've been trying to climb up but I can't. I'm afraid I - I do need
help. Is that blanket still there?
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss!
ROSE: Well, if-if you will please hold it up in front of you and close your
ALLNUT: Well, I just got two hands, Miss, and if I hold up the blanket ... !
ROSE: Ohh. Then - then just close your eyes.
ALLNUT (quietly) I got 'em closed, Miss. Now, here. You grab my arms.
ROSE: Oh, thank you. Oh, but - but don't you dare move until I say so.
ALLNUT: Oh, oh, no, Miss.
ROSE: I - I bathed in my undergarments. You'll have to wait until I--
ALLNUT: Now, it's all right, Miss, it's all right. You just say when.
ALLNUT: Well! You feel better, Miss?
ROSE: Oh, yes. Yes, I - I do.
ALLNUT: Well, now, you'd better sleep here under the awning, Miss, in case it
rains. And here's a couple of rugs. There ain't no fleas on 'em.
ROSE: Where will, uh, where will you sleep, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Me? Oh, forward, Miss. And if it'll make ya feel better, you can hang
up one of them tarpaulins like a kind of a curtain sort of.
ROSE: Thank you. Good night.
ALLNUT: I'll turn out the lantern if you're ready, Miss.
ROSE: I'm quite ready. Good night, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Good night, Miss.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
THUNDER AND RAIN THROUGHOUT THE FOLLOWING:
ROSE (gasps) Mr. Allnut!
ALLNUT: Oh, I - I'm sorry I woke you, Miss.
ROSE: What are you doing?
ALLNUT: Oh, I - ain't doin' nothin', Miss. Just gettin' out of the wet.
ROSE: Well, go away this instant.
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss.
ROSE: Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT (far off) Yes, Miss?
ROSE: You may come in out of the rain, if you wish.
ALLNUT (far off) Thank you, Miss. (comes closer) Miss?
ALLNUT: I'm sorry I gave you such a turn.
ROSE: Oh, that's quite all right. I-I didn't realize that you were just-- how
hard it was raining.
ALLNUT: I won't get near ya, Miss. There's heaps o' room.
ROSE: Good night, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Good night, Miss.
MUSIC UP - APPLAUSE
IRVING CUMMINGS: Before we return with Act Two of "The African Queen," here's
Frances Scully, popular Hollywood commentator.
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IRVING CUMMINGS: Act Two of "The African Queen," starring Humphrey Bogart as
Mr. Allnut and Greer Garson as Rose.
IRVING CUMMINGS: It's the following morning and the African Queen wheezes her
way down the river. Mr. Allnut is at the rusty engine, administering with
tools and frequent kicks of his experienced foot. And now, suddenly, what he
is dreading is upon them: the sluggish river has turned into whirlpools and
MUSIC UP AND OUT
RIVER AND ENGINE NOISES
ALLNUT: Well, Miss, how'd you like it?
ROSE: Like it?
ALLNUT: White water! Rapids!
ROSE: Oh, I never dreamed that it--!
ALLNUT: Ha ha ha! I don't blame you for being scared, Miss. Ain't nobody in
his right mind ain't scared of white water.
ROSE: I was about to say that I never dreamed that any mere physical
experience could be so stimulating!
ALLNUT: Huh? How's that, Miss?
ROSE: I've seldom known such excitement. A few times in my dear brother's
sermons, when the spirit was really upon him, I felt--
ALLNUT: Well, you mean you want to go on?!
ROSE: But of course I do!
ALLNUT: Miss, you're crazy!
ROSE: Oh, I must say, I'm filled with admiration for your skill, Mr. Allnut.
Do you suppose that after I practice steering a bit more that someday I might
ALLNUT: Miss, lemme tell ya somethin' -- those rapids back there ain't
nothin' to what's in front of us!
ROSE: Oh, I can hardly wait!
ALLNUT: But, Miss!
ROSE: Oh, now that I've had a taste of it, I don't wonder that you love
boating, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Boating?! (beat) Excuse me, Miss, I need a drink.
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, if - if something's the matter, please, I must know.
ALLNUT: It's nothing you'd understand.
ROSE: You're - you're drinking gin again, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss, I sure am.
ROSE: It's been such a pleasant day up until now. What is it that's - that's
driving you to drink, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT (sighs) All right. I'll tell ya. It's all your foolish talk about us
going on into the lake. All this crazy talk about the Louisa. Well, we ain't
ROSE: But of course we are! What an absurd idea.
ALLNUT (mimics her) What an absurd idea. What an absurd idea.
ROSE: Why don't you want to go on?
ALLNUT: Because of the river and the rapids and then Shona.
ROSE: Shona? Oh, yes, yes, where the Germans have a fort.
ALLNUT: Yeah, you're darn right, Shona. Just one bullet in that blasting
gelatin, Miss, and we'd be little bits and pieces.
ROSE: Then we'll go by the fort at night.
ALLNUT: Oh, no, we won't.
ROSE: Then we'll go by day. We can go on the far side of the river, speeding
along just as fast as ever we can.
ALLNUT: We ain't gonna go speeding along any place.
ROSE (gasps, then coolly): You agreed to go.
ALLNUT: I never did. I never agreed to anything.
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, you are a liar. And, what is worse than that, a - a coward.
ALLNUT (mock pain) Oooh! Coward yourself! You ain't a lady! No, Miss, that's
what my poor old mother would say to you. My poor old mother would say to
you... Whose boat is this anyway? I asked you on because I was sorry for ya.
That's what you get for feelin' sorry for people. Well, I ain't sorry for you
anymore. (savagely) You're a crazy, psalm-singin', dried-up old maid!
ROSE (evenly): Mr. Allnut. You are drunk.
ALLNUT: Not half what I'm gonna be neither. (singing, badly) There was a bold
fisherman, set sail for Port Pimlico, to catch the bold figgy and the gay
JUNGLE BIRDS A-TWITTERIN', RIVER A-SLOSHIN'
ALLNUT (hung over): Ohhh. Oh, Miss. Oh, my head. Oh, have pity, Miss.
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, you are still intoxicated.
ALLNUT: Ohh. Oh, the gin! That's gin you're pouring into the river!
ROSE: Indeed, it is.
ALLNUT: Oh, ya - Oh, ya don't know what you're doin', Miss. I'll perish
without a hair o' the dog.
ROSE: Look at you -- reeling about helplessly.
ALLNUT: Oh, my head. Oh, my head. I'm warning you, Miss. That gin ain't your
ROSE: It's no one's property now. Twenty-one empty bottles floating on the
waves. And I'm glad.
ALLNUT: You're a criminal, that's what you are. Oh, I'll die. Then what'll
you do? I'll suffer and die and ... I'll float on the waves. It's all your
doing, ya hear? You did it all. Oh... (breaks down and sobs)
QUIET - RIVER WATER
ALLNUT coughs twice.
ROSE: Oh, it's you. Good morning.
ALLNUT (laughs) I, eh, I look different, huh? Yeah, I, uh, I shaved. Oooh,
uh, I see you're reading your Bible. Ah, it's a good thing to have a lady
aboard, Miss, sets a man a good example -- a man alone, well, he gets to
livin' like a hog. And, too, with me, it's, uh, "always put things off." But
with you, Miss, it's "business before pleasure" every time. Heh, I, uh, I
tell ya, it's like an inspiration. And that old engine -- I ain't got that
old engine so clean in years! Just look at her, Miss! (beat) Huh. You don't
ALLNUT: If I only had some clean clothes like you. Now, you -- why, you could
be at high tea! Say, that's an idea, Miss, how 'bout a nice little cup o'
tea? (beat) Uh... how's the book? (beat) How 'bout reading it out loud? I
could do with a little spiritual comfort myself. (beat, savagely) And you
call yourself a Christian! Don'tcha?! Don'tcha, huh?!
ROSE: You're behaving like an infant.
ALLNUT: And how are you behaving? Ya - you're just plain mean! Man takes a
drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature.
ROSE: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we're put into this world to rise above.
ALLNUT: I'm sorry. I apologize for getting so drunk. What more can a man do?
Besides you paid me back. Didn't even leave me a drop. Have a heart, Miss.
Say something. I don't care what it is but you gotta say something.
ROSE: So you think it was your nasty drunkenness I minded?
ALLNUT: Well, what else?
ROSE: You promised me that you'd go down the river.
ALLNUT: Miss. Miss, listen to me. There's death a thousand times down there.
I'm sorry to disappoint ya but don't blame me -- blame the river.
ROSE: You promised.
ALLNUT: Well, I'm takin' my promise back! (beat) All right, Miss, you win --
as the crocodiles will be glad to hear. Down the river we go.
ROSE (genuinely): Thank you, Mr. Allnut.
ROSE: We're making splendid progress, Mr. Allnut.
ALLNUT: Look over there.
ALLNUT: Not yet, Miss, but soon. Over there's a crocodile waitin' for his
ROSE: Which side of the river is Shona on?
ALLNUT: Starboard, Miss.
ROSE: Well, good. Then the sun will be in their eyes. Why, you're worried,
ALLNUT: Oh, not me, Miss. I gave myself up for dead back where we started.
DISTANT CANNON FIRE
ROSE: Oh, that noise -- what was that?
ALLNUT: That fort's closer than I thought. They're just lettin' us know
they've sighted us. Their next shot's gonna be closer.
ANOTHER SHOT, CLOSER
ROSE: Their aim's dreadful, isn't it?
ALLNUT: Their aim will be good enough unless we turn back.
ROSE: Mr. Allnut, I don't want to hear those words again.
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss.
ALLNUT: Now, put your head down. We'll get rifle fire, too, in a minute.
ROSE: Can't we go any faster?
ALLNUT: We're sure gonna try, Miss, and if it's all the same with you, start
BRIEF MUSICAL BRIDGE
ALLNUT: We've made it! Look! We've made it!
ROSE: Hip hip hooray, Mr. Allnut!
ALLNUT: Oh, we sure put one over on them Germans that time, didn't we, Miss?!
Oh, we showed 'em, Miss! Hip hip hooray!
ROSE: Was my handling of the boat all right?
ALLNUT: Oh, better than all right, Miss! They were that surprised at seein'
the old African Queen, they didn't really start shootin' till we were past!
(laughs like a maniac)
ROSE: Oh, this wonderful old boat!
ALLNUT (calming down): Well, we're - Well, we're full o' water, Miss, we're
battered and we're busted. You see these bullet holes? One through the steam
hose and two in the boiler?
ROSE: The engine's stopped.
ALLNUT: Long since, Miss. But we can drift into them shallows and I'll start
ROSE: No, no, I'll pump while you go ashore for logs.
ALLNUT: Well, that - that would save us time. Thank you, Miss. Here, now. You
watch close ...
ALLNUT: ... and I'll, I'll show ya the trick...
MUSIC UP AND OUT
ROSE: I've got almost all the water pumped out, Mr. Allnut. Come and look.
ALLNUT: Uh, just let me set these logs down.
LOGS SET DOWN
ALLNUT: Oh, you've worn yourself out, Miss.
ROSE (pants): Well, so have you.
ALLNUT: Well, if it's all right with you, we'd - we'd better stay here till
morning. (beat) Hey. Hey, where'd they come from? Them flowers.
ROSE: Oh, I - I just couldn't resist them. I waded ashore and I - I picked
them. Do you recognize them, Mr. Allnut? I - I've never seen them before.
ALLNUT: I can't say that I have either, Miss.
ROSE: What if no one ... ever has? What if they don't even have a name?
ALLNUT (chuckles) Well, name or not, Miss, they sure are pretty. Here, put
one in your hair. Catch.
ROSE: Oh, dear. Oh, I-I dropped it.
ALLNUT: No, no, no, I'll get it.
ROSE: No, no, I can pick it up. I, um -
MUSIC IN QUIETLY
ROSE: Well, well, look at us. Hands and knees in three inches of water,
looking for a flower. (laughs uneasily) I-I could laugh and - and - and cry
and, I, uh - (beat) Why, you - you kissed me.
ALLNUT: Yes, Miss. I sure did, Miss.
ROSE (lovingly): You - you kissed me.
MUSIC UP AND DOWN
ROSE: Mr. Allnut? Mr. Allnut? Uh ... dear?
ALLNUT (awakes, coughing) Huh? Oh ... oh. (naturally) Hello, Rosie.
ROSE: You've been napping. Supper's ready.
ALLNUT (pleased): Rosie! Fancy you buildin' a fire and all while I slept.
ROSE (chuckles): Uh, dear ... (expecting the worst) ... what is your first
ALLNUT (playfully) Charlie.
ROSE (relieved): Charlie. (chuckles)
ALLNUT: Give us a kiss, Rosie.
ROSE (lovingly): Charlie. Charlie, dear.
ALLNUT (sighs): The more I look at this place, the prettier it gets. I expect
it's about the prettiest place I've ever been to. Oh, not that I ain't all
for goin' down the river, y'understand.
ROSE: Oh, yes, Charlie, I know.
ALLNUT: Why, the sooner we blow up the ol' Louisa, the better. What I meant
was, I'd like to come back here someday.
ROSE: Then you think we can do it?
ALLNUT: Do it? Why, there's nothin' a man can't do if he believes in himself.
Never say die, that's my motto.
ROSE: I've had misgivings, Charlie. I was beginning to think that perhaps the
- the whole thing was a mistake.
ALLNUT: How's that, Miss? Ah, I mean, (lovingly) Rosie.
ROSE: Well, I - I had a moment of weakness.
ALLNUT: Oh, well, if you're feeling weak, Rosie, why, a day or two here on
shore won't make any difference.
ROSE: Oh, no, no. We'll go on and thank Heaven for your strength, Charlie.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
ALLNUT: Well, Rosie girl, looks like there ain't nothin' can stop the ol'
ROSE: What about the propeller, Charlie?
ALLNUT: Turnin' nice as you please, Rosie. Why, we're goin' down the river
just like, er, Anthony and Cleopatra in their barge. Ha ha! This couldn't
happen, Rosie, if it hadn't been for you. Don't you feel proud o' yourself?
ROSE: Certainly not. It's you, Charlie. It's all you. I don't think there's
another man alive who could have done what you've done.
ALLNUT: Oh, I'll never forget the way you looked when we was goin' over them
rapids. Head up, chin out, hair blowin' in the wind. The livin' picture of a
hero-ine! (pronounced herowine)
ROSE (chuckles): Fancy me a heroine! (chuckles) Oh, Charlie, you've lost your
ALLNUT: Lost mah heart, too, Sweetheart.
ALLNUT: Oh, what a time we've had, Rosie. What a time. We'll never lack for
stories to tell our grandchildren.
ROSE: Charlie, how much further do you suppose it is to the lake?
ALLNUT: Ah, there's no tellin', Rosie. All depends on how much windin' around
this old river does.
ROSE: The river's changed, hasn't it? And that smell. Why, it's-it's like
marigolds, stale marigolds.
ALLNUT (chuckles) Not a very good smell for a flower.
ROSE: They're - they're very pretty, though, marigolds.
ALLNUT (suddenly apprehensive) Rosie. Look.
ROSE: Another bend?
ALLNUT: If only that's all it was. Rosie, it's on all sides. Nothing ahead
but grass and papyrus as far as you can see.
ROSE: But the river doesn't stop up there. It can't!
ALLNUT: Not according to the map it can't, only -- how do you get through
ROSE: Charlie, they're islands. Thousands of tiny islands. But where's the
main channel among them?
ALLNUT: Don't look like there is one, Rosie. Just a sea of grass and a forest
o' reeds. Well, I - I better cut the engine.
BOAT ENGINE SHUTS DOWN
ROSE: Charlie ... ?
ALLNUT: What are we gonna do, huh? I don't know, Rosie. Get into it and take
a look around, I suppose.
ROSE: Yes, dear, yes.
ALLNUT: But once we're in, Rosie, and the grass and them reeds close up in
back of us, there'll be no goin' back. If anything happens, we'll just sit
there -- till we go off our heads with fever.
ROSE: I - I know, Charlie.
ALLNUT: So, ya pays your money and you takes your choice. Which is it,
Sweetheart? Straight ahead ... or turn around?
ROSE: Straight ahead, Charlie.
MUSIC UP - APPLAUSE - MUSIC OUT
IRVING CUMMINGS: We'll continue with Act Three of "The African Queen" in a
few moments. Now, it's with great pleasure I introduce our guest, the lovely
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who will soon be seen in United Artists' great new Technicolor
picture, "Moulin Rouge."
ZSA ZSA GABOR: Hello, Irving. You know, I just returned from Paris -- that's
vhere the picture vas filmed -- because it's about a famous French painter,
IRVING CUMMINGS: Yes, and his genius and reckless way he defied convention
make one of the screen's most dramatic stories.
ZSA ZSA GABOR (mangling her line badly): You know, Jose [pronounced Jo-say]
Ferrer plays the actor -- plays -- and now the new French star Colette
Marchand plays the woman he loves and I am Jane Avril, the famous singer and
dancer in Toulouse-Lautrec's posters.
IRVING CUMMINGS: It's a spectacular picture, Zsa Zsa. In "Moulin Rouge,"
producer John Huston captures all the flavor of Paris' Left Bank and the
colorful artist's life.
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holidays ahead. We pause now for station identification. This is the CBS
IRVING CUMMINGS: The curtain rises on Act Three of "The African Queen,"
starring Greer Garson as Rose and Humphrey Bogart as Charlie.
IRVING CUMMINGS: For days now, the journey of the African Queen has been
halted. Across the breadth of the river -- like a towering, living wall -- is
a jungle of grass and reeds, an endless morass through which a thousand
different channels twist and turn. And, somewhere among them, Rose and
Charlie are hopelessly lost.
ROSE: Charlie, please. Let me pole for a while.
ALLNUT: Aw, aw, it's no use, Rosie. All the channels we've lost, all the
squirming and turning we've done -- this river's crazy. (loses it) Crazy as I
ROSE: Oh, Charlie!
ALLNUT (calms down) Sorry, old girl. Well, the only thing that will put the
roses back in our cheeks is to get out of these reeds. I'll go over the side
again. You pole, Rosie, and I'll push.
ALLNUT JUMPS IN WATER
ALLNUT: Just keep her straight if you can, Rosie. Head her through the grass.
ROSE (straining): There must be a main channel, mustn't there? It just - it
just can't disappear.
ALLNUT: I'm sick of talkin' about it, Rosie. Or searching for it or even--
ROSE (gasps): Charlie! Ah! Leeches! Blood-suckers! Ahh, you're covered with
ALLNUT (shivering horribly throughout): Oooh! My legs, Rosie! My arms! Oooh,
the little beggars! Pull 'em off me! Rosie, help me!
ROSE: Oh, yes!
ALLNUT: No, no, don't touch 'em, don't! Salt, Rosie!
ALLNUT: You pull 'em off but their heads stay in! Poison the blood! Get the
ROSE: Yes, dear! Yes!
ALLNUT: Pour it over me! Pour the salt over me!
ROSE: I am, Charlie, I am!
ALLNUT: They can't stand the salt. See, Rosie? Look, they're-they're dropping
ROSE: Oh, my poor Charlie!
ALLNUT: If there's anything in the world I hate, it's leeches. Oooh, the
filthy little devils.
ROSE: You're bleeding.
ALLNUT (finally stops shivering): Oh, it - it ain't nothing. The salt'll kill
the poison. Well... here I go.
ROSE: Charlie, no. You're not going over again. No, no.
ALLNUT JUMPS IN WATER
ALLNUT: Take the pole, Rosie. We'll try again.
ALLNUT: Rosie? You still awake, Rosie?
ROSE: I'm here, dear.
ALLNUT: I'm awful cold, Rosie. Hot and then... cold. Chills and fever. Fine -
fine specimen of a man I am, ain't I?
ROSE: You're the bravest man that ever lived. You're just overdue, that's
all. Try to sleep. And when you wake up, we'll be on our way again.
ALLNUT: On our way. Even if we had all our strength, we'd never get the boat
off this mud. We're finished, Rosie.
ROSE: I know it.
ALLNUT: But I'm - I'm not one bit sorry I came. What I mean is, it was worth
MUSIC UP AND DOWN
ROSE (prays): Dear Lord, we've come to the end of our journey. I pray for you
to be merciful. Judge us not for our weakness but for our love. And open the
doors of Heaven for Charlie and me.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
WIND AND THUNDER AND RAIN
ALLNUT: Rosie? Rosie, it's over, Sweetheart.
ROSE: It is?
ALLNUT: The storm's over. Open your eyes, dear, it's daylight.
ROSE: Why, I wonder if I dreamed it, Charlie. If it was just a - a nightmare.
I saw animals and-and birds, running, screaming--
ALLNUT: Aw, it's nothin' you dreamed, Rosie. I never seen such a storm.
ROSE: Charlie, what are you doing? You mustn't work, dear. You're not strong
enough yet to--
ALLNUT: Rosie. I ain't doin' anything. Open your eyes and see. I'm just
sittin' here next to ya.
ROSE: But we're - we're moving.
ALLNUT: Moving? Moving? Rosie, look!
ROSE: Charlie! Where are we?!
ALLNUT: Rosie, dear! We're on the lake!
ROSE (gasps and starts to cry with joy)
ALLNUT: Aw, the rain did it! It filled the channels! Look, the rain and the
wind! Just lifted the old Queen up and carried her over the mud. We've
cleared the weeds, Rosie! Look back there! We couldn't've been a hundred
yards from it last night when we give up hope! Oh, Rosie, Rosie!
ROSE: Oh, let's try and build a fire if we can -- and get the engine started
-- and go right out to the middle away from these reeds where we can - where
we can breathe again.
ALLNUT: Sure, Sweetheart, sure. We'll be out o' here in a jiffy!
ROSE: Oh, this air! Oh, Charlie, it's wonderful!
ALLNUT: Wait'll this mist clears away. You see? The lake's as big as an
ocean. And we're on it, Rosie!
ROSE: Oh, just to breathe again!
ALLNUT: Yes, it's like - like -- I know you don't approve -- but it's like a
shot o' gin! Makes your blood race and your spirits soar!
ROSE: Oh, I'm sorry I poured out all that gin, Charlie.
ALLNUT: Aw, forget it, Rosie. And just to show you there's no hard feelings,
I'll make ya another cup o'--
ROSE: Wh--? Why, Charlie!
ALLNUT: Rosie! There, to starboard! That's the Imperial German Navy! That's
ROSE: She's coming towards us, Charlie.
ALLNUT: We gotta make a run for it. Back to the weeds. Take her around while
I stoke the boiler.
ROSE: Yesterday, those weeds were our death -- and, Charlie, today they're
our salvation. Oh, I was so sure they'd seen us.
ALLNUT: Look at the size of her, Rosie. See her guns?
ROSE: Why did they stop at that little island, Charlie?
ALLNUT: Oh, likely it's just routine or maybe just checkin' what the storm
tore up. They'll be back again. You know how them Germans are.
ROSE: Methodical, yes.
ALLNUT: That's them, all right. They lays down systems and they stick to
them. Mondays, they're one place. Tuesday, someplace else. And Wednesday,
they'll be back here.
ALLNUT: Oh? Yeah, I know what you're thinkin', Rosie. Your thinkin' of the
next time the Louisa comes back here, aren't ya, old girl?
ROSE: How long will it take, Charlie, to get the torpedoes ready?
ALLNUT: Depends on the detonators. Well, I - I gotta rig up somethin'. We'll
manage it, Rosie, we'll manage it.
ALLNUT: Well, there they are, Rosie. Them's the detonators.
ROSE: Oh, Charlie, you're wonderful.
ALLNUT: And what's more, I think they'll work.
ROSE: Now, what about the cylinders?
ALLNUT: Well, with you helpin', I'll lash 'em on each side of our bow. Only
we can't set the detonators on 'em till we're ready to set out. You see,
they're kind o' tricky, Rosie.
ROSE: We'd be working at night, Charlie. Can you do it in the dark?
ALLNUT: If that's the case, I'll have to.
ROSE: And you're - you're sure they'll come back with the Louisa?
ALLNUT: Well, lemme see -- figurin' both her speed and the size of this lake,
my guess is she'll be back here tomorrow afternoon. And when she comes, we'll
ROSE: Tomorrow afternoon. Charlie, let's make the Queen as clean as we can.
Let's scrub her decks and polish her brass.
ALLNUT (laughs) She ought to look her best, huh? Representin', as she does,
the Royal Navy! I think I even got a flag around somewhere.
ROSE (delighted): Charlie!
ALLNUT: Why, we'll sail out of these reeds proud as a dreadnought. (beat)
ROSE: Yes, Charlie?
ALLNUT: Uh... now, there ain't no use of both of us doin' it. As you can
plainly see, it's a - it's a one man job.
ROSE: Oh, you couldn't be more right, Charlie, dear.
ALLNUT: Now, Rosie, I'm glad you agree. When the time comes, I'll put you off
here on the east shore. You'll wait for me while I attend to the Louisa.
ROSE: Oh, certainly not. You're the one to put ashore. This whole thing was
my idea, wasn't it? I'm the logical one to carry it out.
ALLNUT: Rosie, I'm surprised at you. You're a very sensible woman, as a rule.
Why, with two torpedoes hangin' off our bow, she'll steer entirely different,
let alone bein' half swamped.
ROSE: Didn't I steer us down the rapids?
ALLNUT: But suppose she broke down out there, wouldn't you look foolish? With
me, she knows who her boss is, you bet that old engine does.
ROSE: Well, I suppose you're right.
ALLNUT: Now, that's settled.
ROSE: Oh, no, no. I only meant it may be necessary for you to come along.
ALLNUT: Come along?! Oh, no, you don't! You'll wait for me on the east shore.
ROSE: Who do you think you are, ordering me about?!
ALLNUT: I'm the captain, that's who! An' I ain't takin' you along. You'd only
be in my way.
ROSE: I suppose I was in your way going down the rapids. Then what you said
to me back there on the river was a lie! How you never could have done it
alone! How you'd lost your - lost your heart and everything and-- Oh! You
liar! (calms down suddenly) Oh, Charlie! Charlie, we're - we're having our
ALLNUT: Oh, Rosie. It's just that I - I can't bear the thought of you, well,
supposing that anything should happen -- not that anything will.
ROSE: Don't you understand, Charlie? I - I wouldn't want to go on without you.
ALLNUT: Rosie. All right. It'll be you at the tiller and me at the engine,
just like it was from the start.
ROSE: I knew you'd see it, Charlie, dear. Thank you.
MUSICAL UP AND DOWN
ALLNUT: There she is, Rosie! That's the Louisa, right on time!
ROSE: There's no smoke from her stacks.
ALLNUT: It's the wind, Sweetheart, it's blowin' the smoke fast as it comes
ROSE: I don't like this wind.
ALLNUT: Me, neither, Rosie. It's gonna storm.
ROSE: But if it storms tonight, there'll be less chance of them seeing us.
Maybe a storm would be a blessing, Charlie.
ALLNUT: That's the way to look at it, Rosie ol' girl. Now, let's you and me
get started on them detonators.
MUSIC UP AND OUT
STORM IN PROGRESS
ALLNUT: We're not makin' any time, Rosie! Somethin's wrong!
ROSE: I can't steer, Charlie!
ALLNUT: We're takin' too much water in the bow! It's them torpedoes, weighin'
ROSE: Charlie, look! Those waves!
ALLNUT: Hang on, Rosie!
WAVE HITS THE BOAT
ROSE: Charlie, the torpedoes! They've torn loose!
ALLNUT: Worse than that, we're sinking, Rosie!
ROSE: The tiller's gone! Something broke!
ALLNUT: Everything's broke! Grab the preserver, Rosie, and then jump!
ROSE: Charlie! Charlie!
SHIP ENGINE - MEN'S VOICES
CAPTAIN (with a German accent): You! I will remind you just once more, you
are a prisoner aboard the steamship Louisa of His Imperial Majesty's Navy.
ALLNUT (listlessly): Yeah. Yeah, I know.
CAPTAIN: You will tell us the truth! Now, what is your nationality? French?
CAPTAIN: Yes, what?
ALLNUT: Uh, uh, British.
CAPTAIN: What are you doing in these waters?
ALLNUT: Uh, uh, fishing. Yeah. Fishin' off the island.
CAPTAIN: You're a spy for the British! Well, do you deny this?
ALLNUT: I - I told you I was fishin'.
CAPTAIN (speaks German to men who answer in kind; then, to Allnut):
Obviously, you're lying. But it does not matter. This court will sentence you
to be hanged.
(another exchange in German)
CAPTAIN (to Allnut): You! There was a woman with you.
ALLNUT (suddenly comes to life): Rosie!
CAPTAIN: You will answer my question! (to a German) Bringen sie frau herr.
CAPTAIN: Who is this woman?
ALLNUT (listless again): I don't know.
CAPTAIN: You called her by name!
ALLNUT: I thought she was somebody else.
CAPTAIN: Who are you?
ROSE (with great dignity): Miss Rose Sayre.
CAPTAIN: What were you doing on the lake?
ALLNUT: I ain't told 'em nothin', Rosie!
CAPTAIN (to Allnut): Silence! (to Rose) What were you doing on the lake?
ROSE: We were boating.
CAPTAIN: As your fellow prisoner is about to learn, the penalty for lying to
us is death!
ROSE: Charlie! (to the Captain) Very well, then. We came here to--
ALLNUT: Rosie, no!
ROSE: To sink this ship. Charlie, dear, at least, let's have the pleasure of
ALLNUT: Now, don't you believe her, Your Honor, she's tetched, you know --
CAPTAIN (skeptical throughout): And just how, Fraulein, did you propose to
sink the [?] Louisa?
ROSE: Why, with torpedoes.
ROSE: Yes. Mr. Allnut made them.
CAPTAIN: Made them? Amazing.
ROSE: Charlie, tell them how you made the torpedoes.
ALLNUT (chuckles): Well, ya - well, you see, what I did was, I-I took the
heads off, uh, two cylinders of oxygen, I filled them up with live explosives
-- about two hundred weight -- now, that was easy enough but it was the
detonators took some doing -- and you know what I used? Cartridges and nails
and blocks of soft wood.
(Germans murmur to themselves)
CAPTAIN: Go on, please.
ALLNUT (chuckles): Then I took the two cylinders and hung them port and
starboard on the bow of the African Queen so's when we rammed ya, bloof!
CAPTAIN: And where is the African Queen?
ROSE: She sank last night in the storm.
CAPTAIN: Too bad. I should like to have seen those torpedoes.
ROSE: Perhaps you will. They'll still be floating around somewhere nearby.
ALLNUT: Yeah, they could still sink this ship, Rosie.
CAPTAIN: Enough of this torpedo nonsense. (speaks German to the men who
respond in kind; then, to Rose and Allnut) You have five minutes in which to
reconsider. Tell us the truth ... or you will both be hanged.
ROSE: We've told the truth. Haven't we, Charlie?
ALLNUT: Yeah and we, uh, we got a favor to ask, Your Honor.
ALLNUT: Well, uh, uh, you're the captain, I guess.
CAPTAIN: I am.
ALLNUT: Well, um, uh, then you could marry us.
ROSE: Oh, Charlie! What a lovely idea.
CAPTAIN: What kind of craziness is this?
ALLNUT: Come on, Captain, it won't even take five minutes. And it'll mean
such a lot to the lady.
CAPTAIN: If you wish it, absolutely. Very well. What are the names again?
ROSE: Rosie, uh, Rose.
(German exchange, the Captain asks for a Bible)
ROSE: Charlie, look! A Bible.
CAPTAIN: Look at me, both of you. Do you, Charles, take this woman to be your
lawful wedded wife?
ALLNUT: Yes, sir!
CAPTAIN: Do you, Rose, take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?
ROSE: I do.
CAPTAIN: Then by the authority vested in me by His Imperial Majesty, Kaiser
Wilhelm the Second, I pronounce you are man and wife. Proceed with the
OFFICER: Ab mit den beiden Gefangenen nach Achtern und los mit der
THE MEN: (mutter)
ROSE (lovingly): Charlie! My husband!
ALLNUT (just as lovingly): Rosie, Rosie!
CAPTAIN: You will follow me, now! At once!
EXPLOSION - MEN YELLING
ROSE: Charlie! The torpedoes!
A SECOND EXPLOSION
ALLNUT: Rosie! We've done it! We've done it!
BRIEF MUSICAL BRIDGE
SLOSHING WATER - MEN HOLLERING
ALLNUT: You all right, Mrs. Allnut? Can you keep swimming?
ROSE: Oh, yes! I never felt so good in my life! We blew her up, Charlie!
ALLNUT (laughs): I guess we did, Rosie!
ROSE: The wreckage of the African Queen - that did it! They rammed the Louisa
right into it! How do you feel, Mr. Allnut?
ALLNUT: Pretty good for an old married man!
ROSE: I'm all turned around, Charlie! Which way is the east shore?
ALLNUT: The way we're swimming, old girl. (sings) There was a bold fisherman,
set sail from off Pimlico, to catch the ...
ROSE AND ALLNUT (singing together): ... bold figgy and the gay mack-a-rool ...
MUSIC IN AND OUT - APPLAUSE
KEN CARPENTER: In a moment, our stars will return.
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KEN CARPENTER: Now, here's Mr. Cummings with our stars.
IRVING CUMMINGS: And here they are, coming forward for a well-deserved
curtain call, Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson.
IRVING CUMMINGS: We certainly suffered every step of the way with you two on
the trip of the African Queen.
HUMPHREY BOGART: Irving, I, uh, I remember another safari full of hardships
that you and I made, uh, quite a long time ago.
GREER GARSON: A safari, Bogie? What? To Africa?
HUMPHREY BOGART: Well, no. To Palm Springs.
IRVING CUMMINGS: It was Bogie's first picture in Hollywood and I was the
director. We went on location to Palm Springs and it was a hundred and twenty
in the shade.
HUMPHREY BOGART: Only there was no shade.
IRVING CUMMINGS: Well, you should have seen Bogie in his first love scenes.
HUMPHREY BOGART (chuckles): I - I couldn't see the girl for the water
dripping in my eyes.
GREER GARSON: But it doesn't sound as if you were having exactly a circus.
HUMPHREY BOGART (struggling with his line): No, but, er, er, no, but my
latest picture is, er, just happens to be "Battle Circus" co-starring June
Allyson -- I'll get into it -- See, I've been, uh--
HUMPHREY BOGART: I've been working at your home studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
GREER GARSON: Well, I congratulate you, Bogie. You know we make only the very
best pictures over there.
IRVING CUMMINGS: We mentioned one on the Lux Radio Theater recently --
"Plymouth Adventure" starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson and
HUMPHREY BOGART: I, uh, I don't think Greer would like that. It's all about
the Pilgrims leaving England and sailing for America on the Mayflower.
GREER GARSON: Oh, we English think it's a great idea. We've been doing it
IRVING CUMMINGS: We're always glad to welcome our English cousins --
particularly you lovely actresses with those beautiful complexions.
GREER GARSON: Oh, thank you. We're glad to adopt your way of caring for those
complexions -- with Lux Soap. I think it's wonderful.
IRVING CUMMINGS: And you'll both think next week's show is wonderful. It's
such a great story that it's been made into a picture five different times.
And we're going to bring you the inspiring Twentieth Century-Fox version of
Victor Hugo's immortal classic "Les Miserables" -- and from the original cast
we have the lovely Debra Paget and that fine actor Robert Newton. And in the
unforgettable role of Jean Valjean, another great Academy Award winner,
CROWD OOHS AND AHHS
HUMPHREY BOGART: That'll be a swell show! Good night, Irving.
GREER GARSON: Good night.
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MUSIC: Lux Theme
IRVING CUMMINGS: Lever Brothers Company, the makers of Lux Toilet Soap,
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This is Irving Cummings saying good night to you from Hollywood.
KEN CARPENTER: Heard in our cast tonight were John Dodsworth as the Reverend
and Harald Dryenforth and Hans Conried as the German officers. Our radio play
was adapted by S. H. Barnet and our music was directed by Rudy Schraeger.
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MUSIC: Lux Theme
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APPLAUSE AND MUSIC OUT
Originally broadcast: 15 December 1952