Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and Robert Morley, the film The African Queen premiered on February 20th, 1952. Morley and Ms. Hepburn play sibling missionaries in East Africa, far removed from early 20th Century civilization. When their sporadic delivery/mail man Bogart informs them that Europe is now engulfed in the Great War, they don’t bat an eye.
Unfortunately the War comes to them when the Germans attack their mission with disastrous results. Hepburn – her dander up now - informs Bogie that the Allied cause is a worthy one, enlists him and his boat, and the two of them go off to destroy the German navy or at least one of the Kaiser’s ships. The dialogue, interplay and the filming while Hepburn and Bogie take on the world – and a wild African river - is the magic here.
The AFI named this the 17th Greatest Movie of All Time and this role as “Captain” Charlie Allnut is Bogie’s only Oscar.
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