The Humphrey Bogart Blogathon – Sabrina (1954)


This is the second of two posts dedicated to The Humphrey Bogart Blogathon being held over at Musings of a Classic Film Addict and Sleepwalking in Hollywood. Tnx Sam for letting me take part!


sabrina“A woman happily in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.” – Baron St. Fontanel

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Sometime in the 90’s on video and 21 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of the chauffeur of a New York high society family falls in love with the family’s younger son and decided to travel to France in order to trey and forget her love for him.

My Take on it – This film has everything going for it that should make it a flying success; it has three great actors in their prime (Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden), it has a great writer/director (Billy Wilder) and on paper ot seems like a great Cinderella story.

Unfortunately, it misses its mark slightly in spite if all of these things.

I think part of it has to do with the fact that the chemistry between the three actors is lacking, perhaps due to the age differences or perhaps due to the fact that it was known that none of them really got along on set.

Who knows?

Wilder’s script is superbly written and he throws so many great zingers at us over and over, you must pay close attention to the dialogue in order to not miss any of it.

Of the three actors here, Hepburn really stands out because this film allows us to see her doe eyes in their perfect beauty and due to her character’s seeming innocence.

Bottom Line – Holden, Hepburn and Bogart are all amazing here, but the story slightly misses its mark.  Wilder does wonders with the dialogue and there are some really great zingers thrown in here every so often. Hepburn is a wonder to watch here because of her eyes and beauty.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Humphrey Bogart was a last minute replacement for Cary Grant (supposedly, Grant rejected the part because he did not want to carry an umbrella onscreen). Bogart and William Holden couldn’t stand each other. Bogart disapproved of Audrey Hepburn (he wanted his wife Lauren Bacall in the role), while Holden fell in love with her. Bogart got $300000, Holden got $150000, and Hepburn only $15000. Asked how he liked working with Hepburn, Bogart replied: “It’s OK, if you don’t mind to make a dozen takes.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “The Humphrey Bogart Blogathon – Sabrina (1954)

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