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THE AFRICAN QUEEN
For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 11, 2013
For its weekly vintage film series, on Tuesday morning the SCERA Theater in Utah County is showing "The African Queen" (1951), the John Huston drama that earned Humphrey Bogart his Oscar as best actor.
Bogart plays Charlie Allnut, an alcoholic sailor with a dilapidated steamboat, trading goods along the Congo when the area is invaded by Germans during World War I. Reluctantly, Charlie finds himself coming to the rescue of a tightly wound spinster (Katharine Hepburn) after her missionary brother is killed and they begin a harrowing journey downriver, dodging the Germans and the hazards of traveling in Africa.
Bogart and Hepburn demonstrate a surprising chemistry and Huston, who directed from a script he co-wrote, is at the top of his game shooting on location in the Belgian Congo, no easy task in the late '40s and early '50s with heavy, unwieldy Technicolor cameras. But Jack Cardiff's gorgeous cinematography is worth the effort.
The result is an excellent film, exciting, funny, witty and tough, and seeing it on the big screen is a rare opportunity. It will show at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17) in the SCERA Theater in Orem.