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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


Billy and his wife are stranded at a port in the Mediterranean as they wait for repairs to be completed on the ship which will take them to Africa to investigate reports of Uranium deposits. Travelling with an assortment of passengers that includes Billy’s dodgy business associates and a seemingly-proper English couple, suspicions rise amongst the group as a series of unusual events strikes their increasingly ill-fated journey and the various parties look to claim the Uranium for themselves.