Behind the Scenes: The African Queen (1951)


In the early 1950’s, Hollywood studio pictures did not make it a habit of trekking bulky Technicolor cameras into the world’s remote regions to shoot star-studded romantic adventure movies. But in 1951, that’s exactly what director John Huston did when he filmed a hefty portion of The African Queen on location in the Belgian Congo and Uganda. (continue for more photos)

The African Queen marked the fifth collaboration between Huston and Humphrey Bogart, who won his only Oscar for his performance as a drunken steamer boat captain escorting spinster missionary Katheryn Hepburn through German-infested African waters in the early days of World War I.

Below are a series of behind the scenes stills taken on location by noted photographer Eliot Elisofon for Life magazine. Click on any image for a bigger version or to start the slideshow.

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