The African Queen (1951)

JOHN HUSTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1951.  Romulus Films, .  Screenplay by , John Huston, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1951

Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. Hepburn and Bogart were both nominated for Oscars for their performances, with Bogart winning Best Actor.

Exceptional World War I adventure begins when drifter  wanders into an African village that has been destroyed by plague. When the missionary who runs the local Christian church succumbs to the illness, his organ-playing sister () joins Bogart with the intention of being escorted back to proper civilization. Along the way, however, they find themselves presented with the opportunity to sabotage a German vessel that is planning a strategic maneuver. Bogart and Hepburn’s boat The African Queen becomes the little chug boat that could in a film featuring seamless direction by John Huston keeps it all taut and magnificent.

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