The African Queen was a 1951 film adapted from a 1935 novel by C. S. Forester. Directed by John Huston, the film starred Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
Bogart won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Actor.
In 1994, the film was was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry; and the Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
When I first saw it, the only thing that stood out for me was the scene with the leeches The character interplay between Bogart and Hepburn were lost on me.
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In her book “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. See more »