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The African Queen
Directed by John Huston • 1951 • United States
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
Humphrey Bogart won his one and only Academy Award for his role as the prickly, hard-drinking boat captain who—with Katharine Hepburn’s straitlaced Methodist missionary in tow—embarks on a perilous voyage down the rivers of German East Africa as World War I breaks out around them. Stunningly shot in Technicolor on location in the jungles of Uganda and the Congo by the great Jack Cardiff (during what was an infamously difficult production), John Huston’s rollicking action classic has inspired a raft of romantic adventures, few of which can match it for the lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry between its legendary leads.