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The African Queen Details


After years of wooing director John Huston via good reviews, film critic James Agee was given a chance to write the screenplay for a Huston picture. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary, Rev. Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley). When Germans invade and Samuel dies, Allnut offers to take Rose back to civilization. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat. The African Queen may well be the perfect adventure film, its roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars. The profound difficulties inherent in filming on location in Africa have been superbly documented by several books, including one written by Katharine Hepburn. Screenwriter Peter Viertel (who worked, on an uncredited basis, on the script of this film - assisting with some of the dialogue) incorporated some of the African Queen anecdotes in his roman a clef about a Huston-like director/adventurer, Peter Viertel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Humphrey Bogart Best Actor 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Agee Best Screenplay 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Huston Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Huston Best Screenplay 1951 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Huston Best Film - Any Source 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1951 Nominee


Humphrey Bogart
as Charlie Allnut
Katharine Hepburn
as Rose Sayer
Robert Morley
as Rev. Samuel Sayer
Peter Bull
as Captain of Louisa
Theodore Bikel
as First Officer
Walter Gotell
as Second Officer
Gerald Onn
as Petty Officer
Peter Swanwick
as First Officer of Shona
Richard Marner
as Second Officer of Shona


John Huston
Sam Spiegel
John Huston
James Agee
Peter Viertel
Jack Cardiff
Allan Gray
Composer (Music Score)
Guy Hamilton
First Assistant Director
Leigh Aman
Production Manager
Kevin McClory
Assistant to the Director