Tuesday
29
May
7.30pm
Back African Queen, The
 
Tue
29
May
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 at 7.30pm
1951 award winners
  • Classic romantic...
  • 1951
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 100 mins.
 
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What an inspired pairing! And to think the roles of Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer were nearly played by David Niven and Bette Davis. Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar as the unkempt steamboat skipper who clashes with prim spinster Katharine Hepburn in this fine First World War adventure. Initially, all was not well between the two leads. But, from the moment Hepburn began basing her character on Eleanor Roosevelt, the elements fused into a unique screen chemistry, and a gentle humour (that was noticeably absent from the shooting script) began to seep into the action. With director John Huston distracted by extracurricular safaris, the location work was clearly a strain - Bogie wouldn't have had to act too much to look distressed as he pulled the Queen through the leech-infested water. Yet the discord and discomfort resulted in a classic and a long overdue Academy Award for Bogart.

Reviewed By David Parkinson in Radio Times Film Guide



Director:

 
John Huston

Cinematographer:

 
Jack Cardiff

Screenplay:

 
James Agee, John Huston, from the novel by C S Forester

Cast:

 
HUMPHREY BOGART, Charlie Allnutt; KATHARINE HEPBURN, Rose Sayer; ROBERT MORLEY, Reverend Samuel Sayer; PETER BULL, German Captain; THEODORE BIKEL, German First Officer; WALTER GOTELL, German Second Officer; GERALD ONN, Petty Officer
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