The African Queen

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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, White Hunter, Black Heart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Grouping Titleafrican queen
Grouping Authorroyal philharmonic orchestra
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auth_author2Agee, James, 1909-1955,
Bikel, Theodore,
Bogart, Humphrey, 1899-1957,
Bull, Peter, 1912-1984,
Cardiff, Jack,
De Pinna, Connie,
Del Mar, Norman, 1919-1994,
Forester, C. S. 1899-1966.
Gotell, Walter, 1924-1997,
Gray, Allan, 1902-1973,
Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003,
Huston, John, 1906-1987,
Kemplen, Ralph, 1912-2004,
Marner, Richard, 1921-2004,
Moore, Doris Langley, 1902-1989,
Morley, Robert,
Shingleton, Wilfrid,
Spiegel, Sam,
Swanwick, Peter, 1922-1968,
author2-roleAgee, James,1909-1955,screenwriter.
Bikel, Theodore,actor.
Bogart, Humphrey,1899-1957,actor.
Bull, Peter,1912-1984,actor.
Cardiff, Jack,director of photography.
De Pinna, Connie,costume designer.
Del Mar, Norman,1919-1994,conductor.
Forester, C. S.1899-1966.African Queen.
Gotell, Walter,1924-1997,actor.
Gray, Allan,1902-1973,composer.
Hepburn, Katharine,1907-2003,actor.
Horizon Pictures (G.B.),production company.
Huston, John,1906-1987,screenwriter,film director.
Kemplen, Ralph,1912-2004,film editor.
Madison Reports and Releasing Corporation,film distributor.
Marner, Richard,1921-2004,actor.
Moore, Doris Langley,1902-1989,costume designer.
Morley, Robert,actor.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm),film distributor.
Paramount Pictures Corporation,production company.
Romulus Films,production company.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,performer.
Shingleton, Wilfrid,art director.
Spiegel, Sam,film producer.
Swanwick, Peter,1922-1968,actor.
available_at_ccuColorado Christian University
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display_descriptionAt the start of World War I, German imperial troops burn down a mission in Africa. The mission's clergyman was so overtaken with disappointment that he passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, the 'African Queen' steamboat. The boat is manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie. Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and an endlessly branching stream which always seems to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite their opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.
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Action and adventure films
Bachelors -- Africa -- Drama
Feature films
Feature films -- Great Britain
Feature films -- United States
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Forester, C. S. -- (Cecil Scott), -- 1899-1966
Forester, C. S. -- (Cecil Scott), -- 1899-1966. -- Film adaptations
Man-woman relationships
Man-woman relationships -- Africa -- Drama
Military campaigns
Romance films
Steamboats -- Africa -- Drama
Steamboats -- Passenger accommodation
Steamboats -- Passenger accommodation -- Drama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
War films
Warships -- Drama
World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Africa -- Drama
title_displayThe African Queen
title_fullThe African Queen / Horizon Pictures presents ; adapted for the screen by James Agee & John Huston ; a Horizon-Romulus production ; distributed by Madison Reports and Releasing Corp. ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; directed by John Huston
title_shortThe African Queen
Forester, C. S
Man-woman relationships
Military campaigns
Passenger accommodation
World War, 1914-1918