The African Queen review

Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for playing the hard-drinking boatman saddled with Katharine Hepburn’s “skinny old maid” in John Huston’s lively adventure.

With Huston spending most of the shoot big-game hunting, it’s probably cameraman Jack Cardiff who deserves kudos for turning this odd-couple romance into such a colourful escapade through east Africa.

A lot was filmed in Uganda and the Belgian Congo, but just as much footage was shot at Shepperton; rumour has it Blighty has parakeets because birds brought in to add avian authenticity flew the coop.


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