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.

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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