THE AFRICAN QUEEN (PG)
D: John Huston
United Artists/Romulus-Horizon (Sam Spiegel)
UK 🇬🇧 1951
W: James Agee [based on the novel by C.S.
DP: Jack Cardiff
Ed: Ralph Kemplen
Mus: Allan Gray
Humphrey Bogart (Charlie
Allnut), Katharine Hepburn (Rose Sayer), Robert Morley (Rev. Samuel Sayer), Peter Bull (Captain), Theodore Bikel (2nd Officer)
Amongst the great adventure films of the 1950's,
though it has dated a little clumsily due to the set-bound scenes and real African footage not quite marrying. This can easily be forgiven however considering the strength of the two lead
Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for his performance
as Charlie Allnut, a gin-drinking trader who takes an odd choice of companion in missionary Rose Sayer, when they escape conflict in an African village by journeying down a dangerous
river, culminating in a standoff with a German gunboat.
Though it is a little dated by modern standards, this
production was incredibly well done for its time, with particular focus on the characters to drive the story, although the action set-pieces are still thoroughly exciting.