I have seen “The African Queen” dozens of times. It was one of the many movies that we watched after school. Each time I write that my sister and I watched old movies after school, I fully realize that it is not normal. There were a number of factors that made it an obvious choice, from not having cable TV to it always raining. Yet still, it does seem like a different choice to watch “North By Northwest” and the rest. I am glad we did, I am sure that if we had watched soap operas after school, I wouldn’t have as fond memories of that time.
The African Queen is a 1951 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.