African Queen (1951)


African Queen (1951) Synopsis

Humphrey Bogart (Charlie Allnut), Katharine Hepburn (Rose Sayer), Robert Morley (Rev. Samuel Sayer), Peter Bull (Captain of "Louisa"), Theodore Bike! (1st Officer), Walter Gotell (2nd Officer), Gerald Onn (Petty Officer), Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner (Officers at Shona). Here is a film that has everything—adventure, humor, spectacular photography, and superb acting. In his only Oscar-winning performance, Humphrey Bogart stars as Charlie Allnut, a roustabout who uses his little battered steamer, The African Queen, to run supplies to small vil¬lages in East Africa at the onset of WW I. At one stop he meets Rose (Katharine Hepburn), the devoted spinster sis¬ter of Rev. Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley). When Charlie returns to the village later, he finds that German troops have invaded, torched its buildings, herded off the natives, and killed the reverend. He offers to take the distraught Rose back to civilization on the Queen and they start off downriver, Charlie swilling from an ample supply of gin, resentful of Rose's chiding. After a perilous journey through the jungle, they reach the lake commanded by the Louisa, a huge German warship that Rose is determined to blow sky-high, using the explosives still on board the Queen. THE AFRICAN QUEEN's marvelous script—fea¬turing unforgettable exchanges between Bogart and Hep¬burn—was written as a straight drama by James Agee but director John Huston and his stars give it a punchy tongue-in-cheek treatment that fills the screen with hilarious humanity. Early scenes on this elaborate on-location pro¬duction were shot near Ponthiervilie on the Lualaba River, then Huston moved the entire cast and the Queen 1,500 miles to the confluence of the Albert and Victoria Nile Riv¬ers at Lake Mobutu, bringing great hardship to the crew and actors. Everyone got deathly sick (including Lauren Bacall, traveling with husband Bogart), except Huston and Bogie, who consistently downed large quantities of booze. A Hollywood film of the first o... ...Read more

Rated for thematic elements, some violence and smoking