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The African Queen (1951)

  • Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley
  • Director: John Huston
  • Genre(s): Action , Adventure , Classics , Drama , Romance
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 105 min.

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

A true iconoclast known for her intelligence, determination and fierce demeanor Katharine Hepburn demonstrated remarkable staying power in a screen career that spanned more than six decades, winning three of her four Best Actress Oscars after the age of 60.

Film Summary: A grizzled skipper and a spirited missionary take on the Germans in Africa during World War I. []

The African Queen (1951) is the uncomplicated tale of two companions with mismatched, “opposites attract” personalities who develop an implausible love affair as they travel together downriver in Africa around the start of World War I. This quixotic film by director John Huston, based on the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester, is one of the classics of Hollywood adventure filmmaking, with comedy and romance besides. It was the first color film for the two leads and for director Huston. []

"Five minutes in, and cowriter-director John Huston has already set the stage for something besides your typical '50s jungle-bwana boogie."
- David Fear, Time Out
"It is a picture with an unassuming warmth and naturalness..."
- William Brogdon, Variety
"Impossible to deny this film's entertainment value..."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"And so Mr. Huston merits credit for putting this fantastic tale on a level of sly, polite kidding and generally keeping it there, while going about the happy business of engineering excitement and visual thrills."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times