Dialogue from Film – The African Queen

The First Officer lays a restraining hand on her shoulder.

ROSE
(turns in fury and slaps him hard across the face)
Stop that!

He goes cold and smiles yellow.

ROSE
Are they, Charlie? The truth?

Allnutt looks back at her; his chin begins to tremble; He nods.

CAPTAIN
Fraulein Sayer, you will come to order and answer the questions of
this court.

Rose turns to face him; she is all cold fire.

ROSE
Ask your questions.

CAPTAIN
What were you doing on the lake?

ROSE
We came here to sink this ship, and —

ALLNUT
(in a loud voice)
Rosie!

ROSE
— and we would have, too, except for —

ALLNUT
Rosie!

ROSE
Let’s at least have the fun of telling them about it, Charlie.

ALLNUT
Don’t you believe her, yer Honor.
She’s touched with the fever.

ROSE
(impatient)
Oh stop it, Charlie, we’ve been through all this.
(primly)
I’m not going to outlive you and that’s all there is to it.

CAPTAIN
(a bit amused and skeptical)
Just how, Fraulein, did you propose to sink — the Königin Luise?

ROSE
We were going to ram you.

CAPTAIN
With how large a vessel?

ROSE
With torpedoes.

CAPTAIN AND 1st OFFICER
(look at each other)
Torpedoes!

2nd OFFICER
Torpedoes?

CAPTAIN AND 1st OFFICER
Torpedoes.

2nd OFFICER
(gaping)
Nein!
(foolish enough to believe Rose and Allnutt, he looks at them with awe)

1st OFFICER
(interpreting, smooth and sardonic)
I think it is safe to assume, Miss Sayer, that the British Admiralty
did not entrust you and this — gentleman — with the torpedoes.
Will you be so good as to tell us precisely where and how you acquired
them?

ROSE
Acquired? Mr. Allnutt made them.

First Officer and Captain exchange a significant glance: she
is obviously crazy. 

1st OFFICER
How very interesting.

ROSE
I don’t think you even believe me.
Tell him how you did it, Charlie.
(Over Allnutt’s lines, the officers exchange glances which mean:
“He’s crazy, too”.)

ALLNUT
(100% the engineer)
Well — wot I did was take the ‘eads off two cylinders of oxygen an’ fill
’em up with ‘igh explosive — ’bout two ‘undred weight. That was easy
enough — it was the detonators took some hingenooity. Know wot I used?
Cartridges, an’ nails, in blocks o’ soft wood. A pretty job.
Then I mounted the cylinders so they stuck through the bows of The African Queen,
near the water line, so when we rammed you —

CAPTAIN
(half believing what he can’t believe)
Where is The African Queen?

ROSE
She sank in the storm.

CAPTAIN
How did you get onto the lake?

ROSE
We came down the Ulanga — the Bora, you call it down here.

All three officers look at each other — even the Second
Officer catches this — and back at Rose.

CAPTAIN
(in English)

1ST OFFICER
(in English)

2ND OFFICER
(in German)
(together)
But that is impossible!

ROSE
Nevertheless!

CAPTAIN
Everybody knows the river is unnavigable.

ROSE
(proudly)
We came down it, though — didn’t we, Charlie? — on The African Queen.

CLOSE SHOT — THE DERELICT AFRICAN QUEEN

floating keel up. She is under water except for the two
cylinders which stick up like the antennae of a snail.

CAMERA DOES LONG PULL BACK, to show The Louisa approaching.

EXT. DECK — THE LOUISA

MEDIUM SHOT — ROSE AND ALLNUTT

As they come out of the cabin surrounded by the ship’s officers.
The company stops near the main mast where a crew member has finished
making a hangman’s noose of one rope and is now tying a knot in another.

1st OFFICER
(to Captain)
The man first.

ROSE
Please — hang us together.

CAPTAIN
Very well.

He nods to the First Officer to proceed with the execution.
Allnutt and Rose exchange a look of satisfaction.

ALLNUT
Rosie, I ain’t gonna say goodbye gain. It’s gettin’ to be an old story.

ROSE
Darling!

The next moment, the deck heaves upward. There is a rush of air and a frightful roar. Smoke and flying debris fill the screen.

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