The African Queen (1951)

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A fairly dull classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn cruising down a river in a boat called the African Queen through German East Africa in 1914. At the outset of World War I, their goal is to sink a large German gunboat down the river. They go over many river rapids and predictably fall in love. Bogart plays the tough steamboat captain Charlie Allnut and Katharine Hepburn plays the stern missionary Rose Sayer. The script and the music are hokey and the special effects are dated, but this adventure film directed by John Huston has been lauded as a classic. Most of the Technicolor cinematography by Jack Cardiff is impressive. It does build to a thrilling conclusion that makes up for the long silly melodrama down the river that preceded it. Based on the 1935 novel of the same name by C.S. Forester.

The African Queen is a 1951 British-American adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The screenplay was adapted by James Agee, John Huston, John Collier and Peter Viertel. It was photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff and had a music score by Allan Gray. The film stars Humphrey Bogart (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor, his only Oscar), and Katharine Hepburn with Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner and Theodore Bikel.

The African Queen was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1994, with the Library of Congress deeming it "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

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