The African Queen Overview:

The African Queen (1951) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by C.S. (Cecil Scott) Forester published in 1935.

The African Queen was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorHumphrey BogartWon
Best ActressKatharine HepburnNominated
Best DirectorJohn HustonNominated
Best WritingJames Agee, John HustonNominated
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The African Queen (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 14, 2017 From 4 Star Films

And you call yourself a Christian! Do you hear me? Don’t ya? Don’t ya? Huh??What ya being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once and a while, it’s only human nature. ~ Charlie Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. ~ Rose Sometimes when gre... Read full article


The African Queen (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 14, 2017 From 4 Star Films

And you call yourself a Christian! Do you hear me? Don’t ya? Don’t ya? Huh??What ya being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once and a while, it’s only human nature. ~ Charlie Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. ~ Rose Sometimes when gre... Read full article


ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): The African Queen (1951)

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From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: The African Queen

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 17, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The African Queen (1951) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Katharine Hepburn plays a missionary to East Africa who falls for boat captain Humphrey Bogart in this classic romance set during World War I. Each Friday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the rea... Read full article


The African Queen Rides Into Adventure with Bogart and Hepburn

By Cafe Guest Blogger on May 22, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Guest blogger Chris Cummins from MovieFanFare pays tribute to a Bogey-Hepburn classic: Released on December 23, 1951, The African Queen (based on the C.S. Forester novel of the same name) is a cinematic masterpiece that is highlighted by unforgettable lead performances from Humphrey Bogart and Kath... Read full article


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Rose: [after Charlie checks the boat for damage after going down a rather rough set of rapids] Could you see anything, dear?
Charlie Allnut: Yeah. The shaft's twisted like a corkscrew and there's a blade gone off the prop.
Rose: We'll have to mend it, then.


Charlie: We can't do that!
Rose: How do you know? You never tried it.
Charlie: Well, yeah, but I never tried shooting myself in the head neither.


Captain of Louisa: By the authority vested in me by Kaiser William II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.


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The ship "K├Ânigin Luise" in the script (called "Louisa" by the English-speaking characters, but by its full name by the German crew) was inspired by the "Liemba", initially a German gunboat steaming (and controlling) the Tanganyika lake. Originally it was called the "Graf Goetzen". The ship, almost 70 meters long, had been built at the Meyer Shipyard in Germany (now maker of some of the world's largest cruise ships), but assembled on-site. The "Graf Goetzen" was sunk in June 1916 by its own crew to avoid capture, then raised by the Belgians, sunk again in a 1920 storm and was raised once more by the British in 1927, who renamed it "Liemba". It is still in service on Lake Tanganyika. The ship actually used in the film was the steam-tug Buganda, which was operating on Lake Victoria.
In "The Making of 'The African Queen,' or How I Went to Africa with Bogie, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind", Katharine Hepburn described the first day of shooting. Five cars and trucks were needed to take the cast, crew and equipment 3.5 miles from Biondo to the Ruiki river. There, they loaded everything onto boats and sailed another 2.5 miles to the shooting location. Press materials and contemporary articles detailed the perils of shooting on location in Africa, including dysentery, malaria, contaminated drinking water, and several close brushes with wild animals and poisonous snakes. Most of the cast and crew were sick for much of the filming. In a February 1952 New York Times article, John Huston said he hired local natives to help the crew, but many would not show up for fear that the filmmakers were cannibals.
While filming the scene where Charlie finds his body covered with leeches, Humphrey Bogart insisted on using rubber leeches. John Huston refused, and brought a leech-breeder to the London studio with a tank full of them. It made Bogart queasy and nervous, qualities Huston wanted for his close-ups. Ultimately, rubber leeches were placed on Bogart, and a close-up of a real leech was shot on the breeder's chest.
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